Local and national charities in England and Wales can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £80,000 for projects lasting up to three years that help to reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older people aged over 50.
The funding is being made available through the Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Later Life Inclusion Large grants programme to charities with an annual income over £500,000 per year. Funding can be used to cover salary costs, activities, and materials. Example initiatives could include emotional and psychological support, digital inclusion sessions, companionship and befriending schemes, and carers and respite support.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 31st March 2021, but applicants are advised to submit their application as soon as possible.
The Foundation also runs a small grants programme for awards between £500 and £15,000. This is currently closed and will re-open for applications between the 1st March – 31st March 2021.