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Our Grants

Supporting the lives of older people in Bristol and the surrounding area has been part of the vision for St Monica Trust since it began 100 years ago.

Our charitable giving team helps tackle a variety of issues by distributing funding and support to individuals, organisations, and communities across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, and Bath & North East Somerset to improve the lives of older people in the region, through joint projects and funding for organisations or individuals.

We are committed to aligning charitable giving with our purpose and increasing our level of charitable giving to deliver the best impact for our beneficiaries.

Funding for individuals

Our aim is to help older people live independently in their own community for as long as possible. We do this by helping individuals with financial support through our Individual Giving Fund. Financial support is given by way of a monthly grant for between three and six months. This can help in several ways including support through a financial crisis, to purchase essential items, or to help settle into a new home. The short-term grants will not affect any state benefits, tax credits, or tax.

Funding in our community

We work with organisations across Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset to improve outcomes and opportunities for older people by funding projects within their communities.

We aim to develop relationships with organisations at a local level, particularly around our villages, to find opportunities to collaborate to maximise our impact.

We deliver different types of grant programmes but our core funding principle is the focus on improving the quality of life of older people in the region.

Charitable programme

Under the charitable foundation banner, a consortium of approximately 50 organisations, including the St Monica Trust, will deliver a charitable programme with funding worth £1.5 million to eradicate loneliness and isolation among older people.

The idea behind the charitable programme is to adopt a shared vision. Though a series of think-tank events already held with partners, a programme of support is being developed that will launch in September 2024.

Our partners

We see great value in partnership working, collaboration and connecting the work we do with the communities in which we live. One way this is achieved is through formal partnerships where we provide joint funding with other funders.

  • Bristol Older People's Funding Alliance

    The Bristol Older People’s Funding Alliance is chaired by Roger Opie and is made up of the St Monica Trust, Quartet Community Foundation, John James Bristol Foundation, The Anchor Society, The Dolphin Society, The Grateful Society, the Society of Merchant Venturers, Sovereign Network Group and Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity.
  • The Anchor Society

    Working in partnership with The Anchor Society, we jointly fund the Boiler Replacement Project, providing grants for boiler replacements and repairs in the wider Bristol area.
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