We are pleased to announce a new grant fund to support community activities to help BME older people to sustain and improve their wellbeing in the community, and in particular, to reduce social isolation/loneliness.

We know that, in some circumstances, BME older people can face additional barriers to participating in community life or accessing the right information for their health and wellbeing. 

For example, past experience indicates that Lunch Clubs have not always worked for all BME communities and this fund is to give BME Voluntary, Community and Faith organisations a chance to try different activities that will reduce loneliness and social isolation, and help people to make new friends and connections.

We are committed to a ‘test and learn’ approach and are looking for innovative applications which, through monitoring and measurement of success and impact, can evidence what people want and what works.

The outcomes that this fund seeks to support are 2 from the People Keeping Well (PKW) Outcomes Framework. The 2 outcomes are:

  • Local Inform and Advise, and
  • Asset Based Community Development

There is £30,000 available each year for 3 years and grants awarded will be between £2,000 and £30,000.

For more information on the priorities and how to apply, please see the documents in Supporting information.

Applications will be assessed by officers, and assessments will be presented to a Grants Panel who will make a schedule of grant recommendations according to the budget available.

The Cabinet Member for Community Services (in accordance with our scheme of Delegations, based on the 3 year value of the individual awards), will make the final decisions in consultation with the panel.

Applicants will be notified whether or not they are successful in March 2017.

Timetable for applications & awards

Friday 10 March

Applications due in on Friday 10 March by 5pm

Monday 13 to Friday 17 March

Applications assessed by Council officers

Monday 20 to Friday 24 March

Applications considered by Grants Advisory Panel

Monday 27 to Friday 31 March

Councillor Jack Scott to authorise successful applications. Feedback given to unsuccessful groups

Monday 3 to Friday 14 April

Finalise Funding Agreements and agree monitoring with successful applicants

Friday 21 April

Funding Agreements are signed and returned by 5pm

Monday 24 to Friday 28 April

First payments are made and the activities start

If you have any questions please contact us.