Berkshire Community Foundation – Funds for Older People – deadline 2 May 2024

News from: Reading Voluntary Action (RVA)

The Berkshire Community Foundation manages a number of funds which aim to support projects tackling issues affecting older people, such as isolation, health and well-being, and is now open for grant applications. Applications will be considered from not-for-profit, voluntary or community groups, social enterprises/CIC or registered charities, that are actively working in Berkshire. Grants up to a maximum of £5,000 will be considered, subject to funding availability.

To be eligible, applicants must:
-Have a governing document, such as a constitution or set of rules.
-Have a management committee or board of trustees.
-Have a bank account in the name of the group, with a minimum of two unrelated cheque signatories.
-Be able to provide up-to-date accounts.
-Have returned evaluation forms for any previously received grants.
-Have safeguarding and equality policies which comply with current legislation.
-Be helping the disadvantaged and provide a benefit to the community with clear and achievable outcomes.
-Provide evidence there is a need for their work and must not be duplicating the work of other groups and organisations.
-Have an itemised budget.

When reviewing applications, the following will be taken into consideration:
-Organisations who’s project matches the fund’s criteria
-Amount of funding received in the previous 12 months
-Project timelines
-Outstanding monitoring reports.

Funding is intended to support projects and activities for older people over the age of 65 years which:
-Improve health and wellbeing
-Reduce social isolation including befriending schemes
-Improve access to facilities, advice and training
-Provide respite for carers
-Improve access to information and IT, particularly where this involves intergenerational work
-Overcome problems such as illness, injury, disability, bereavement or financial difficulty.

The first stage of the application process is to complete the Eligibility Quiz on the Berkshire Community Foundation website ( Eligible organisations will then be sent an application form link by email. Applications must be completed online and submitted by 10:00 on Thursday 2 May 2024.

For further support from RVA with preparing your application or the policies and procedures required for this funding, contact Herjeet Randhawa at

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