Independent Age Grants Fund

Reaching older people most likely to be missing out – now and beyond the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus has changed the lives of everyone in the UK, but this is particularly true for our older generation who remain amongst the most affected. Before coronavirus struck the nation, Independent Age was exploring how to strengthen collaboration with older people and local organisations with the aim of shaping a more active role in supporting communities. But right now, our focus must be directed towards the current crisis. We can’t do this alone which is why our trustees have released £2 million from Independent Age’s funds to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the virus.

Our Grants Fund will comprise of three separate funding rounds. In each round we will make £500,000 available where organisations can apply to receive up to £15,000 each.

Application closing dates for each funding round are detailed as follows – please note we will no longer have a Round 4. Round 3 will now open later than originally planned and all applications will need to be through the online application form which will be available from the 17 August 2020 via this page.

 Round opens for applicationsClosing date for applicationsWhen we will confirm our decision
Round 118 May 20209am on 4 June 202010 July 2020
Round 28 June 20209am on 2 July 202012 August 2020
Round 317 August 20209am on 11 September 202015 October 2020

We will be ready to receive applications on the 18th May. But please be aware you can only apply once.  If you have been unsuccessful, you will not be able to re-apply in a later funding round.

Further information about the focus of our fund, including criteria about who is eligible to apply can be found here.

A list of FAQs can be found here.

Contact us

If you have any further questions or if anything is unclear, please email us at We will aim to reply as quickly as possible so not to hold up submission of your application form. Any questions sent to us will also be included in our FAQs document which can be found here.