Support and services for older people

Funding theme: Older people, increasing choice and control

We want to support older people to lead active, independent, and healthy lives that are rich and fulfilling.

Grant details

  • Area: Greater London
  • Open to: New and previous applicants
  • Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • Funding length: Up to 5 years
  • Funding size: There is no minimum or maximum limit to how much we will give, however we never give revenue funding exceeding 50% of the applicants turnover/​income in any one year

You can find out more about our approach to funding here.

What we fund:

We have no specific age criteria for​‘older people’, but the project / organisation must be explicitly targeted towards older people.

We support work in any of the following areas:

  • Encouragement of healthy lifestyles.
  • Reduced isolation through participation in arts, sports, cultural, educational or well-being opportunities.
  • Non-medical services for older people living with dementia or Alzheimer’s to live independently as long as possible.
  • Support and services for older carers.

Funding is open for work with residents of care homes as well as those who live in their own homes.

We particularly welcome applications from organisations working with individuals or communities who may not otherwise access mainstream services.

Wherever possible, we seek to support projects and organisations that involve the communities the project or organisation serves in the shaping of its services.

Funding staff costs

We will not usually pay for staff costs beyond one full-time equivalent staff post. For example, we could pay for one full-time staff member, or two part-time staff, both working 17.5 hours a week. We will only fund staff posts that are paid the London Living Wage or above.

How to apply

Before beginning your application, please ensure you have thoroughly read steps one and two to check that our funding is a good fit for you. Please note, we only fund organisations that meet our eligibility criteria.

Application steps:

  1. Find out what’s involved in the application process

  2. Check your eligibility

  3. Start your application

If you are a previous grant holder, or an unsuccessful applicant, please read our reapplication criteria before submitting a new application.

A group of seated and smiling older women are enjoying the music played by Will and Craig at Appleby House.
In 2021, City Bridge Foundation awarded Live Music Now £70,600 over two years towards the continuing costs of interactive music workshops and staff training across care homes in London. This image shows Oboist Will Ball and clarinettist Craig McLaren of Live Music Now’s Coriolis Quintet taking part in an 11-week Live Music in Care initiative at Appleby House, a residential home specialising in providing care for people living with Dementia. This work was also funded by the Rayne Foundation.