Berkshire Community Foundation – Funds for Older People – Deadline 2nd May 2024

Article date
17 April 2024
Primary interest
Voluntary sector
Introduction -overview of the funding

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

Who is eligible to apply?

Applications will be considered from not-for-profit, voluntary or community groups, social enterprises/CIC or registered charities, that are actively working in Berkshire.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have a Governing Document, such as a Constitution/Set of Rules).
  • Have a Management Committee/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.

Beneficiaries must be aged 65 and over.

What are the funder priorities?

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.
How much can organisations apply for?

Grants up to a maximum of £5,000 will be considered, subject to funding availability.

What the funding can be used for

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
Is there a deadline?

Applications must be completed online and submitted by 10am on Thursday 2nd May 2024.

Applications without the required supporting information will not be considered.

Applicants will be notified of any decisions made by the end of August 2024.

Find out more/how to apply

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.

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