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Improving Connections Fund

The St Monica Trust is pleased to launch the Improving Connections Fund for projects that support older people to live their best lives.

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.

We encourage grant applications from a variety of budgets, ranging from a few thousand pounds to a maximum of £30,000. Further information can be found in the fund overview.

Application process

We appreciate the amount of work that goes into making a funding application so we are therefore using a two-stage process for this fund. We are asking you to firstly submit an Expression of Interest using this form. Before completing the form, please ensure you have read the fund overview.

Following submission of your Expression of Interest, if we feel that your project is a good fit for our strategy you will move to stage two and we will invite you to submit a proposal. We aim to support 75% of applications at stage two, so stage one (the Expression of Interest) is all about the key information that most strongly influence our funding decisions. All funds will be awarded in November.

You can submit your Expression of Interest via email to charitableimpact@stmonicatrust.org.uk or alternatively, you can post the form to: St Monica Trust, Charitable Impact, Cote Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3UN. The closing date for Expressions of Interest is midday on Friday 08 September 2023.

The period for submitting expressions of interest for this fund closed on 8 September 2023. If you have any questions about the Improving Connections Fund, please contact the Charitable Impact team on 0117 949 4003.

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