We work with organisations across Bristol, Bath and North-East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset to improve facilities 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 and 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.
We launch specific funds to address an identified need, e.g. improving the mental health of older people, or peer support projects. These types of programmes have a deadline for applications. Details will be added to this page when such a fund is launched.
The St Monica Trust is pleased to launch the Improving Connections Fund for projects that support older people to live their best lives. Expressions of Interest are open until Friday 08 September 2023.
Supporting social interaction and tackling isolation have long been acknowledged as key components to ageing well, and for many years the St Monica Trust has funded projects that support greater connections. As the St Monica Trust embarks on its new 10-year strategy we will be focussing on 3 themes of ‘Connection’, ‘Contribution’ and ‘Choice’. We are starting with Connection, and through this fund we want to specifically address this persistent barrier to enabling people to live well as they age.
North Somerset Older People's Community Grant
Together with Quartet Community Foundation, we offer the North Somerset Older People’s Community Grant. This grant programme is open for applications all year and is open to all groups in North Somerset that offer activities and projects supporting older people.
To be eligible for a grant from the North Somerset Older People’s Community Grant Programme your work/activity must benefit older people in North Somerset. The project should aim to reduce social isolation.
Guidelines and information on how to apply can be found here.
An example of a grant recently awarded from this fund can be found here, which outlines the impact funding can have.
With many thanks for your continued support for older people in the city. The funding we receive from St Monica Trust makes a world of difference to the work we are able to do.
Kay Libby, Chief Executive, Age UK Bristol