New Fund to Support Older People in England and Wales
The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales has launched a new £2 million funding programme for charities whose work supports older people, in particular, innovative and proactive work that encourages empowerment and independence of older people.
With an ageing population, and one in five older people now living below the poverty line, this new programme will particularly focus on work that is aimed at improving the life choices and chances of older people living in difficult financial circumstances in England and Wales.
Registered charities may apply as long as they:
• Are currently working with older people particularly those living in financial difficulties living in England and Wales.
• Can demonstrate a track record and knowledge of working with this group of people.
• Are particularly interested in innovative work and proactive interventions that encourage and support individual empowerment and independence.
• Charities must also be able to offer a sustained programme of support; be able to demonstrate measurable changes and benefits for individuals and track the progress of the work over time. Grants will be available for up to a period of three years and are intended to cover core or project costs only. The minimum grant will be £50,000.
Projects must meet at least one of the following criteria:
• Be innovative and push existing boundaries.
• Extend or replicate a proven model of working to deliver the goals as outlined.
• Improve joined up working with other local agencies to deliver more relevant and appropriate services to the users including personalisation.
• Support service user involvement and encourages local connections whether in design or support as peers, volunteers, mentors.
Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales Chief Executive, Linda Kelly said:
“The Foundation is delighted to be able to launch this new and additional £2 million programme to support vulnerable older people in these very challenging economic times.
“This programme is in addition to our ongoing core cost investment in small to medium sized charities supporting older people and we hope this will encourage a wider range of charities to access funding for this vulnerable and often hidden group in our society.”
An Expression of Interest form and further information can be found on the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales. For details visit http://www.lloydstsbfoundations.org.uk/FUNDINGPROGRAMMES/Pages/Olderpeopleprogramme.aspx