The Older People's Fund Micro Grant - Open Now!

Our Older People’s Fund offers funding for projects that are planned and run by and for older people.  In celebration of our 40th anniversary and in recognition of the needs of older people, we are launching a new Older People’s Fund, Micro Grant Programme.

We will celebrate the great work that groups supporting older people are doing by awarding 40 groups £1,000 – One project for every year that the Foundation has been in existence supporting communities in Northern Ireland.

The Micro Grant Programme is a fund with a simple, and fun application process. Groups supporting older people, can access up to £1,000 for project support and shortlisted groups will be chosen at an event organised by the Community Foundation. We aim to choose up to 40 projects, awarding £40,000.


To be eligible to apply your project must target at least one of the key priorities detailed below:

  • Engaging older people to take community action where it hasn’t happened before.

  • Enabling active participation of older people in the community in decision-making, and addressing of issues facing their sector.

  • Reducing isolation and vulnerability of older people and carers, through supporting participation in activities where they haven’t happened before.

  • Reducing the fear of crime amongst older people.

  • Encouraging and supporting independence of older people.

  • Improving health and well being, and supporting older people to remain in their homes.

  • Supporting older people to keep warm.

  • Supporting older people to access a nutritious meal.

  • Reducing potential for age discrimination, and/or abuse.

  • Enabling older people to access technology, and to potential benefits and entitlements that they may not be aware of.

What can be supported?

  • Running costs, such as sessional costs for tutors, venue hire, transport.

  • Capital costs are eligible, if essential to the work of the applicant organisation, and if address at least one of the key priorities.

An end of grant monitoring report must be submitted upon completion of the project.

Who can apply?

Fully constituted community organisations based within Northern Ireland.

In the event of having more applications that we can find priority will be given to groups with income levels of £30,000 or less.

How to apply

The Community Foundation intends to award this fund in quite an innovative way, where each eligible and shortlisted application, will be invited to attend an event held by the Community Foundation. All of those shortlisted applications invited will be added to a hat. The first forty applicants chosen will be awarded financial support. Any remaining applications will not be awarded financial support at this time.

For further details and a link to the online application, please visit

If you are unsure about any of the above text or have any other queries then please contact the Grants Team via e-mail

Closing dates and awarding of grants

The fund will be open for applications from 9am on 2nd September 2019 and will close at 1pm on 30th September 2019.