Supporting projects that enable active ageing

  • Grant Range: Up to £30,000 per annum over two years
  • Closing Date: 12 noon on 20 April 2018
  • Apply Online

About the Kellett Fund

The Kellett Fund, established in 1996 following a £5m legacy from Mr Douglas Kellett, supports projects that enable active ageing.  

Who can apply?

Funding is open to community and voluntary sector agencies active in Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Chester-Le-Street.

What sort of projects will the fund support?

Our two priorities will be to support projects that:

  1. support the active participation of older people in all aspects of community affairs,


  1. provide leisure and learning activities for older people.

We want Kellett grant making to support a balanced range of projects across these two priorities. We are particularly interested in supporting projects that deliver against both, offering older people opportunities to both benefit from and contribute to service provision. 

To be successful projects must also:

  • involve older people in their governance, service planning and/or delivery;
  • include a robust plan for ensuring the project reaches out to individuals and communities that are at risk of being excluded from services to older people.

In addition the Community Foundation will prioritise applications that address issues identified through our Vital Signs initiative.

The Kellett Fund will continue to balance the requirement to provide long term funding for established initiatives against the demands to support new and innovative projects. Applications for continuation funding are welcomed where grantees have demonstrated significant impact.

How much funding is available?

You may apply for up to £30,000 per annum over two years.

Requests for continuation funding are welcomed where an applicant has demonstrated significant impact in achieving Kellett Fund priorities. Please discuss this with us before making an application.


The Community Foundation’s normal list of exclusions will apply (see In addition grants will not be made for:

  • individuals
  • social care, health care or housing projects or services previously funded largely from statutory sources;
  • projects focused primarily on the production of multi-media materials;
  • trips abroad;
  • buses, mini buses or other community transport schemes (not including transport costs forming part of a project);
  • capital projects such as building costs and access adaptations to buildings;
  • service provision by CICs and other non-charitable social enterprises except where the Community Foundation consider there is an exceptional case for doing so. Please contact us in advance of applying.

How and when can you apply?

Applications must be made on the online “Kellett Fund 2018: Grant Application Form”. Applications received in any other format, or those submitted without all the necessary supporting documentation, cannot be considered.

You are advised to read all the questions in Section 5: About the project before you begin and avoid replicating information in your answers.

We are open for applications from 16 March 2018.  The closing date is 12 noon on 20 April 2018. Successful projects will be notified in July 2018, and projects must start by 1 October 2018.

If you have any questions regarding the guidelines or wish to discuss your outline proposal please contact Sue Martin, Programme Advisor on 0191 222 0945 or email

From 2018 the Kellett Fund will run annually. Details of the next funding round will be published on our website in early 2019.

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