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[Now closed] A funding call for applications that seek to support Islington’s older residents

Islington Giving’s Golden Grant Makers Resident Panel introduces its call for applications to support projects for Islington’s older residents!

Having engaged a wide range of local older residents to help shape this call, Islington Giving has recently recruited a Panel of up to eight local older residents who will make grant decisions on funding applications that seek to benefit Islington’s older residents.

The closing date for applications is Monday 11 December, 12 noon.

What are we looking for? 

We are open to a range of project ideas and suggestions, but projects must:

  • Be for residents living in Islington who are aged 55 or over.
  • Be free or low-cost.
  • Offer support and activities that address barriers to participation including the ability to identify and gain the trust of older residents who are not currently accessing support or local activities. Projects must therefore have clear plans for how they will reach and proactively engage isolated people/communities who do not know what support is available or may lack the confidence or motivation to access it.
  • Identify and support people to overcome any unmet needs. This means being aware of other complementary support on offer and to ensure more joined-up services that respond to resident need holistically.

The Panel will prioritise projects that:

  • Are free to access and fun to take part in with a focus on accessible exercise, lifelong learning, trips within and beyond Islington.
  • Provide accessible advice while prioritising housing advice and support – which older residents have repeatedly told us they are most concerned about.
  • Support residents to become more digitally connected.
  • Go to where older people are – this could be where they live such as supported living / residential homes, day centres or one-to-one support at people’s homes.
  • Build trust, confidence, and motivation to access wider support.
  • Can demonstrate connections with, and able to promote, all services and activities that benefit older residents locally.
  • Are from organisations already operating in Islington that can offer longer term sustained benefits beyond the funded project.

We are particularly interested to hear how people with mental and physical disabilities and older residents who may not speak English as a first language will benefit from proposed projects. We also want to fund projects that provide activities at times and places when other things might not be happening as it is often at these times when feelings of isolation and loneliness are exacerbated. 

How to apply:

Complete an online application form. Please note previous recipients of Golden Grantmakers funding in the last round cannot apply. If you need help completing this form, please contact the Programme Manager, Patrick Jones at patrick.jones@cripplegate.org.uk

Timeline:

  • Application forms should be submitted by 12 noon on Monday 11 December 2023.
  • Shortlisted applicants may be invited for a further assessment meeting with the Golden Grant Makers between 8 January – 22 January 2024.
  • Applicants will be informed of decisions to award grants by Friday 10 February 2024.
Two Golden Grant Makers smiling whilst seated and pointing to a map
Golden Grant Makers session, 2023