The Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Out programmes – Empowering Young People and Connecting Older People - will invest up to £40 million into supporting young and older people most at risk across Northern Ireland.
Find out more about the Reaching Out: Empowering Young People programme
The Big Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland is making up to £20 million available over the next two years to promote the inclusion of older people by targeting those individuals at greatest risk of exclusion or isolation.
Older people can go through a number of transitions in their lives where they are especially at risk of becoming isolated and excluded, such as retirement, health changes, bereavement, or moving into residential care or sheltered housing.
We will support projects that:
We want to fund projects that promote wellbeing, provide support or contribute towards independence and active citizenship, for example, social support activities including volunteering, advice provision, community safety, and intergenerational work.
This programme is an open and competitive programme that will mainly make revenue grants.
Voluntary or community led organisations can apply to this programme. For more detailed information see the apply section and the Connecting Older People guidance notes.
Partnerships may include private and statutory organisations and we strongly support and encourage cross-sectoral working. The lead partner must be a voluntary or community organisation.
Big Lottery Fund funding should be distinct from Government funding and add value. This programme will not subsidise current or planned services that are normally supported through statutory sources of funding.
ESTIMATED CLOSE DATE
Close Date: 31 December 2012
07 February 2012