Applying for Funding

Our foundation runs a number of grant programmes throughout the year for organisations supporting people over 65 and an annual income under £250,000 p.a.

Health and wellbeing of older people

Community Grants - Autumn 2024 - Applications Open on July 26th 2024

Our Community Grants programme will reopen for applications on July 26th 2024.

We would encourage all organisations interested in applying for funding to join our Pre-application Webinar on Tuesday 16th July, which you can sign up for at this link Autumn Community Grants 2024 – Pre-application Webinar Tickets, Tue 16 Jul 2024 at 10:30 | Eventbrite

A copy of the guidance for this round will be posted here ASAP.

Timings for the upcoming grants round are as follows:

July 26th: Applications Open.

August 23rd: Applications Closed – shortlisting and due diligence takes place.

September 16th: Shortlisted applications go to Grants Sub-Committee.

September 30th: Sub-Committee meets and recommends awards.

October 15th: Trustee Board meets to approve awards.

October 16/17th: Applicants informed of outcome.



Welcome Wednesdays - Community Socials

Our Community Socials for people over 65 run in venues across the country, but we are currently looking to expand this and are actively seeking delivery partners in deprived areas to partner with.

These monthly sessions are designed to give local people over 65 the opportunity to come together over a hot meal and a drink at a local community hub.

Find out more details at the link below:

Foundation seeks more partners for ‘Welcome Wednesdays’ in 2024

Creating and enhancing community spaces

Small Community Grants 2024 - Invitation Only

Throughout the year our small community grants support older people to feel valued, engaged and connected with their local community.

These grants of up to £1,000 are run in partnership, often with local McCarthy Stone developments or teams who have fundraised for a community cause supporting older people, and are by invitation only. Regrettably we do not accept unsolicited approaches. However, we are always keen to meet and engage with new organisations so please use the contact page to get in touch.

Small Grants Programme

Core Cost Funding

The Foundation awards unrestricted core funding to grassroots charitable organisations, who have people over 65 at the heart of their work.

Unrestricted funding is only available to registered charities and community groups. We do not fund unrestricted to Community Interest Companies. 

Organisations who can demonstrate a strong alignment with our charitable aims are invited to apply for unrestricted funding, currently up to £7500. If you are unsure whether you should apply for core cost funding, please get in touch for advice.

We know that many small organisations don’t have the resources for complex or extensive grant applications and monitoring, so we will do our best to work with you to make the process simple, transparent, and fair. We will also work with you to help report on the impact the grant will have. You can also find out more in our Grant Making Policy that covers the processes and criteria in greater depth.

Project Funding

We also invite applications for Project Funding. This funding is open to registered charities, community groups, and community interest companies limited by guarantee. This funding is to support a new, or existing, programme dedicated to supporting people over 65 within an organisation.

Although this will typically be restricted, we encourage all organisations submitting an application for project funding to do so on a cost-recovery basis. You can find out more in this article.

Please do get in touch for more information.