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 approximately £760,000 available where organisations can apply to receive between £5,000 and £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 202016 October 2020

This round of applications is now closed



Additional information

We recommend that you read the updated guidance document before starting your application. It should provide all the information you need to apply to the Independent Age Grants Fund. It will also help you know what we are looking for in applications; how we will make our decisions; and what you can expect from Independent Age if you get a grant.

The key criteria and focus for the Fund haven’t changed but we have had to adjust some of our requirements in the light of huge response we have seen and the changing environment for older people.

Please read through to the end. We have no opportunity to discuss your work with you, so we have to rely on what you tell us in the form in making our decisions. We have provided guidance on each question on the application form to help you make your case as clearly and strongly as possible.

Please be aware you can only apply once. If you have been unsuccessful, you will not able to re-apply.

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.