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The Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Later Life Inclusion Small Grants programme supports work with socially isolated and lonely older people over the age of 50. Grants can be offered to charities that provide:

mental and physical health support

gateway and access to service, e.g. transport and technology

community-based approaches, i.e. volunteering, positive ageing and neighbourhood support; and/or

advocacy, social and welfare support

This could be delivered through activities such as:

emotional and psychological support

digital inclusion sessions to enable older people to access services; or

activities and clubs enabling older people to remain active and make friends

The Foundation seeks the following outcomes from the projects they support:

reduced feelings of loneliness or social isolation for people in later life

older people are better informed about their options and rights leading to greater confidence in choices

existing services better supporting the physical, psychological and emotional needs of people as they age; or

increased social participation

Applicants must be registered charities with an annual income under £500,000.

Grants of up to £15,000. Grants can be either one, two or three years and can be used for general running and/or overhead costs of the charity – core funding. The amount requested should not exceed 15% of the total income of the applicant charity.

Deadline: 4pm, Monday 31 May.