Knowsley Older People's Voice

Ageing Better Lottery Fund

 What is it about?

Big Lottery Fund (BIG) are launching a new investment in England that will improve the lives of older people. The aim for the funding is to reduce social isolation among older people. Successful projects will involve older people in the design and delivery of services.

There are two key parts of the investment:

Fulfilling lives: Ageing Better

viagra dosage Arial; font-size: medium;”>BIG has made a commitment of £70m to be awarded to 15-20 areas in England. Each area will put older people at the heart of finding solutions for tackling social isolation and create communities that better support older people.

Centre for Ageing Better

– BIG aim to invest a further £50m in a centre to provide the best evidence of what works for community based solutions to ageing by:

Learning from good practice – gathering evidence as to what works in parts of England, the UK, the wider world.

Identifying any gaps in the evidence and further testing ideas.

Scaling up what is proven to work.

Sharing this knowledge to shape future policy direction that will ultimately improve the lives of older people.

Further announcements about this centre will follow later in the year.

Where did it come from?

This new investment has been designed by BIG and a team of 15 older people from across the country including our own Sheila Bersin – Chair of KOPV. This team have represented the voice and views of older people in their communities and have been active in making decisions about this funding.


Who can apply?

Fulfilling lives: Ageing Better is targeted investment designed to reach those most in need. BIG are inviting 100 local authorities to submit an expression of interest to be considered for funding.

From this, a shortlist of 30 areas will be selected to take forward, who will then be required to send us a full ‘vision and strategy’ for their area. At this stage each area will form a partnership led by a voluntary and community sector organisation.

It is likely that BIG will make awards to 15 to 20 areas of between £2 and £6 million over three to six years.

Development funding of up to £20,000 will also be available to those areas we shortlist.


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