The Telecommunity Fund - Priorities: Young people, older people and people with disabilities

The Telecommunity Fund exists to support small, locally based grass roots community projects with grants between £500 - £2,000.


  • Priority will be given to applications from small groups, typically with  an annual income of less than £200,000, as evidenced in most recent set of accounts

  • Projects must aim to support one of the following groups:

    • Young people

    • Older people

    • People with disabilities

  • Priority will be given to projects that will benefit groups dealing with disadvantage (e.g. rural isolation, low income, social exclusion, reduced access to services), and projects that involve the beneficiaries in their development and delivery.

Examples of types of projects that may be supported within Fund themes:

  • Community education and training opportunities

  • Communication and leadership skills

  • Local initiatives to improve resources and community facilities 

  • Creativity and self-expression through drama, music or a range of arts activities

  • Inclusion and involvement of disadvantaged communities

  • Out of school projects for young people 

Top tips 

  • Read the guidance notes and ensure you are eligible to apply and your project meets the funding criteria

  • Talk to the Grants Team – to confirm eligibility and iron out any queries you may have

  • Think about the long term value of your project. The fund does not prioritise one off trips, or very short term projects. Ensure what you are applying for you would like to apply for is eligible

  • Have your supporting documentation ready to upload (in one file rather than separate pages, per document) as part of your application, before the final closing date

How to Apply

The Telecommunity Fund is open on an ongoing basis. The applications are assessed at panel meetings held approximately 3-4 times per year.

The next panel meeting will take place on 26th November 2019, therefore applications submitted after 31st October 2019 will not be considered in this round.

It is recommended that you read our Grant FAQs before starting your grant application. Should you have any further questions please contact the Grants Team on 028 9024 5927.

To apply and for more information please visit the website