Grants of up to £7,500 are available to grassroots charitable organisations such as registered charities, community groups, and community interest companies for projects that tackle loneliness amongst older people in England, Scotland and Wales.

The McCarthy Stone Foundation’s Community Grants Programme will support the delivery of befriending and other 1-1 direct support services that are designed to reduce levels of loneliness and social isolation experienced by people aged over 65.

The funding is only available to organisations providing direct person centred interventions e.g., Befriending to address loneliness. This funding does not cover connector or infrastructure services, such as Citizens Advice or Community Transport.

The funding will support the core and project costs of smaller organisations with annual incomes under £250,000 working in deprived areas.

To help ensure an equitable allocation of funds and to help with the selection of grant applicants, the Foundation has taken the decision this year to adopt a place-based approach. Funding will be prioritised to organisations able to demonstrate they are working in specified locations across our six grant-award regions. Details of the specified locations are in the Guidance Document.

The deadline for applications is the 2nd April 2024.