Independent Age Grants

Independent Age Grants

Maximum value:£ 15,000; Application deadline:11/09/2020


Independent Age is a charity working to enable older people to stay independent and live well with dignity, choice, and control. The Charity launched the Independent Age Grants Fund in response to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis on vulnerable older people.

Objectives of Fund

The funding is intended for smaller charities that are making a real and immediate difference to older people living in particularly complex and challenging situations or older people in danger of being out of sight and out of mind during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and beyond.

Value Notes

Grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 are available for up to six months.

A total of £2 million will be awarded in grants over four funding rounds, with £760,000 available during each round.

Independent Age hopes to make up to 200 grants overall.

Who Can Apply

Organisations that are registered as a charity with The Charity Commission for England and Wales, The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, or The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) can apply.

To be eligible charities must:

  • Have at least one paid member of staff (part-time is fine).
  • Have an annual income of £1 million or less (averaged across the last three financial years).
  • Already be working with older people in one or both of the Fund’s two priority areas.

Charities that do not specialise in work with older people are welcome to apply but they must already be providing services for older people as part of their work.

Charities with unrestricted reserves in excess of one year’s expenditure based on the last set of accounts are not a priority for funding. The only exception is for very small organisations, with an annual income of £50,000 or less.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Organisations that are not a registered charity in one of the four nations of the UK.
  • Social Enterprises.
  • Community Interest Companies.
  • Companies.
  • Charities with an annual income of £1 million or more (averaged over the last three financial years).
  • Charities that do not have at least one full or part-time staff member.
  • Organisations that do not already have substantial experience of working in the priority areas.
  • Broad services that older people’s organisations provide for all older people and that are not specifically targeted towards older people in one of the two priority areas of the Fund.
  • Projects outside the UK.

The Fund is very unlikely to offer a grant that exceeds 50% of the annual income of an organisation.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for any kind of work that will make a real and immediate difference in one of the following two priority areas:

1) Supporting older people living in particularly complex and challenging situations.

  • Providing targeted, practical services for older people who are managing additional difficulties in their lives. They may:
    • Have no network of family, friends or community to call on.
    • Have a disability or long-term health condition.
    • Be caring for a dependant adult with learning disabilities or dementia or be facing other circumstances that make it harder to manage at this challenging time.
  • Projects should support older people in those circumstances to stay safe, healthy and connected with others.

2) Supporting older people in danger of being out of sight and out of mind.

  • Making connections with older people who are very isolated and most at risk of missing out on the help available from government or charities that serve a very wide client group. They may:
    • Be part of an isolated, neglected or very poor community.
    • Be facing stigma or discrimination or have needs which make it hard for them to access services, perhaps because they are homeless, live with HIV or are hidden from view in an abusive relationship.
  • Projects should help to make sure that the needs of these groups of older people are understood and met.

How To Apply

The third and final application round is now open and will close at 9am on 11 September 2020.

Charities that have been unsuccessful with their application once will not be able to re-apply in a later funding round.

Guidance notes and an online application form are available on the website of Independent Age – see here.