Bristol charities create £100,000 fund to transform older people’s services

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Ronnie Brown, third from left, pictured with representatives from the other charitable trusts at Merchant Hall, Clifton, Bristol

The Bristol Older People’s Funding Alliance will award transformation grants of up to £15,000 to organisations providing services to older people in the local area, such as those that tackle loneliness and isolation.

The alliance will be chaired by the Dean of Bristol, Dr David Hoyle, and is made up of Quartet Community Foundation, St Monica Trust, The Anchor Society, John James Bristol Foundation, The Dolphin Society and the Society of Merchant Venturers.

The Dean of Bristol, Dr David Hoyle, said: “This is a historic moment for Bristol and marks the first time that six of the city’s leading charitable trusts have linked arms to create an alliance of this kind.

“With cuts to traditional sources of funding for organisations that support older people, we hope that forming the Bristol Older People’s Funding Alliance will give them the breathing space to continue to provide their much-needed services in the future.”

“This is great news for local charities working with older people. By completing one application form they’ll be able to get access to funding from six trusts."

-Ronnie Brown, Philanthropy Director at Quartet 

“The alliance also allows funders to come together and fund more strategically and complementary. We’ll all continue to offer our regular funding for activities for older people, as this funding is specifically to help organisations adapt to meet the challenges posed by funding cuts and changes. By working together we’ll be able to see problems coming, such as the end of a project’s funding, and see if we can help them become more sustainable” says Ronnie Brown from Quartet.

The fund will help organisations become sustainable, improve existing services or develop innovations that will have a positive effect on the quality of life for older people.

The type of projects that can be supported by the fund include:

The fund will be managed by Bristol Ageing Better, a Big Lottery funded programme that is working with individuals and organisations to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol.

The St Monica Trust’s Director of Development and Research, Sara Naylor-Wild, said: “It’s a similar principle to Dragon’s Den where each member of the alliance can choose which project they would like to fund and they will then be responsible for that particular project’s delivery.

“Like Dragon’s Den, members can also jointly fund a project and there is a huge amount of expertise in our individual charities, both in terms of running successful ventures and providing services for older people, that we can share.

“Although we can guarantee to anyone who is thinking of applying that they will get a much friendlier welcome than from the dragons!”

All organisations will be asked to complete an Expression of Interest form and submit it before the deadline of Thursday 22 February. The successful organisations that meet the fund’s criteria will then be shortlisted and invited to complete a full funding application.

For more information about The Bristol Older People’s Funding Alliance and to request an Expression of Interest form, please email or call 0117 928 1539 or see the link below.