The Reducing Isolation in Later Life Grants programme offers both small and large grants to registered charities that support disadvantaged and vulnerable older people over 50 years of age in England and Wales. Over the next five years, the MCF will be supporting charities that help people to overcome barriers to actively participate in society in their later years.
To be eligible, applicants must be supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable older people over the age of 50 years and provide:
- Mental and physical health support.
- Gateway and access to service, eg, transport and technology.
- Community based approaches, ie, volunteering, positive ageing and neighbourhood support.
- Advocacy, social and welfare support.
There are two funding levels:
- Large grants starting from £10,000 are available to charities with an annual income exceeding £500,000. The average large grant will range from £20,000 to £60,000. Occasionally, large grants of up to £200,000 are made for outstanding projects.
- Small grants of between £1,000 and £15,000 are available to charities with an income of under £500,000.
All grants can be over one, two, or three years. Grant amounts should not exceed 15% of the total income of the applicant charity.