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Comic Relief launch New Active Ageing Grants Programme (UK)

The new Active Ageing: Creating Change in Communities initiative is providing £1.5 million of funding in order to engage older people aged 65 and over from ‘harder to reach’ groups to get involved in opportunities which use their skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to their communities.

Registered and un-registered community based organisations and partnerships across the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man can apply for grants of between £40,000 and £80,000 to support projects, initiatives and activities which primarily focus on benefitting older people, specifically those older people who do not usually participate in volunteering or social activities because they are from a disadvantaged community, or face barriers to participation.

Comic Relief is also interested in supporting activities which will have a wider benefit for the community in which they are taking place.

To be eligible for funding, projects should:

  1. Older people improve their mental health and wellbeing.
  2. Older people increase the quality and quantity of their social connections.
  3. Older people develop an enhanced sense of purpose and empowerment.
  1. Provide meaningful roles with opportunities for social interaction and leadership.
  2. Ensure that older people are recognised and valued for their contribution.

Comic Relief expects to award grants to between 15 and 25 projects.

The deadline for applications is 29 August 2017 (midday).

Further details are available from: https://www.comicrelief.com/grants/initiatives/active-ageing-creating-change-communities or contact 020 7820 2000.

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