McCarthy Stone Foundation – Community Grants

The programme aims to support organisations to address loneliness and the wellbeing of people over 65 years old by supporting one-to-one projects, particularly for residents in areas of deprivation.

Grants up to £7,500 are available. The Foundations suggests that requests should not be for less than £3,000.

Community organisations, registered charities and other groups (including CICs limited by guarantee) may apply.

Organisations must be working with adults over 65 years of age and providing direct person-centred interventions in deprived areas. However, applications from all areas that can demonstrate a local level of need are considered.

The project must be legally charitable and unrestricted funds will only be awarded to registered charities.

Organisations must have:

  • An annual income less than £250,000.
  • A governing document.
  • A registered bank account in the name of the organisation.

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Groups with an annual income over £250,000.
  • Connector or infrastructure services e.g. citizens advice or community transport.
  • Individuals.
  • Contributions to general appeals or circulars.
  • Religious activity which is not for wider public benefit.
  • Public bodies to carry out their statutory obligations.
  • Activities which solely support animal welfare.
  • Activities which have already taken place.
  • Grant-making by other organisations.
  • Privately owned and profit-distributing companies or limited partnerships.

Funding is available for a range of project/core costs and activities e.g. befriending initiatives, etc.

Projects must provide either direct one-to-one service provision to alleviate loneliness or group-based activity to address social isolation.

The closing date for applications is extended to midday on 2 April 2024. 

There is a two-stage application process. Initially, an online expression of interest form should be submitted. This will be reviewed and, if selected, the main form will be sent to successful applicants: the full application should include a recent bank statement, safeguarding policy and, if not a registered charity, either the constitution and/or articles of association.

Guidance is online

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