Supporting people aged over 65 to be independent, healthy and socially included

  • Grant Range: £5,000 to £10,000 for one year
  • Closing Date: midnight, Sunday 12 September 2021
  • Apply Online

About the Pargiter Trust Fund

The Fund aims to benefit disadvantaged people over 65 years of age, supporting them to be independent, healthy and socially included.

The Fund will support projects meeting one or more of the following themes:

  • Improving health and wellbeing: reducing isolation, providing hot meals and refreshments and helping older people to stay active through sports, arts, recreation, social clubs and volunteering.
  • Improving access to facilities, advice and training: supporting projects providing respite for carers, supporting Good Neighbourhood and befriending schemes and improving access to information and IT for older people, particularly where this involves intergenerational work.
  • Overcoming problems: helping older people who are experiencing difficult circumstances due to an illness, injury, disability, bereavement or financial difficulty.

In addition, the Fund would like to be active in areas of greatest need in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, including a focus on under‐represented Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and organisations supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Who can apply?

The Fund will make grants, at a grass roots level, to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations who are providing support across Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, in accordance with the grant making policy of the Community Foundation.

Examples of eligible groups include:

  • constituted voluntary or community organisations
  • registered charities including charitable companies
  • social enterprises, for example, CICs and Co-operatives, subject to the normal restrictions on funding for the costs of continuing services outlined at

(CICs will be required to submit their business plan with their application)

Although the Fund does not exclude organisations based on its income level or reserves, if your organisation has a high level of unrestricted reserves you will need to provide an explanation as to why the requested funding cannot be met, either in whole or in part, from these reserves. 

How much funding is available?

Grants of £5,000 to £10,000 are available, although smaller requests will be considered if they demonstrate strong impact against the Fund criteria. Your application should outline the activities you will undertake to meet the Fund themes outlined above, must contain a full budget and, if the request is for a contribution to a larger project or core support, must include details of match funding.

Applicants must also provide up to date copies of the following documents with their application:

  • Most recent annual accounts
  • Governing document
  • Bank statement no more than three months old
  • Safeguarding Policy

Please note: we will not consider your application if these documents have not been submitted.

What will not be funded?

  • Activities which do not primarily benefit those aged over 65
  • The purchase of motor vehicles
  • Contributions to general appeals or circulars
  • Activities where the primary benefit is the advancement of religion
  • Activities where the primary benefit is to enable a public body to carry out its statutory obligations
  • Activities where the primary benefit is the advancement of animal welfare
  • Activities which have already taken place
  • Grant-making or equivalent gifts in-kind by other organisations
  • Applications from privately owned and profit-distributing companies or limited partnerships
  • Individuals

Grant objectives and end of grant monitoring

Applicants will be required to identify three objectives related to the proposed work with people aged over 65.

Successful applicants will be required to provide an end of grant monitoring report explaining the impact of the funding for their beneficiaries and evidence of achievement against grant objectives. 

As part of this monitoring, we would like to know about what did and what did not go well, any lessons learned and what will happen next. We would also like to hear feedback from your beneficiaries about the activities they took part in and we would like to see photographs and testimonials.

Decision making 

The Community Foundation’s recommendations are considered by the Pargiter Trust Fund Trustees and The Community Foundation expects to notify successful applicants in late November 2021.

To make an application please click apply online above

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