New NI Fund to Address Isolation of Older People Opens for Applications

A new fund to support projects that prioritise the needs of older people in Northern Ireland’s communities during a time of challenging financial circumstances is accepting applications.

Funding is available for community organisations in Northern Ireland to deliver wellbeing projects in support of older people affected by the cost-of-living crisis.

The new Tackling Isolation for Older People Fund is administered by Community Foundation for Northern Ireland on behalf of the ARN Foundation. Applications will be accepted from constituted community organisations providing projects that target at least one of the following key priorities:

  • Supporting older people to keep warm.
  • Supporting older people to access a nutritious meal.
  • Reducing isolation and vulnerability of older people through supporting participation in activities, particularly those living in rurally isolated areas.
  • Enabling older people to access technology, and to potential benefits and entitlements that they may not be aware of.
  • Projects supporting older people in rural communities.

The fund will prioritise projects for older people aged 60 or over; however, the fund defines ‘older people’ as anyone aged 50 or over.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

The deadline for applications is 1pm on 24 October 2022.

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)