Community Kick-Start Fund

Bristol Ageing Better is committing over £200,000 to help kick-start community activities that will help to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol. This scheme is one of the 16 initiatives that make up the BAB programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

The Community Kick-Start Fund will allow organisations, groups and individuals to seek up to £2,000 for a new activity that is likely to reduce isolation and loneliness for older people. The successful initiatives will be selected by older people on the Bristol Ageing Better Steering Group that meets quarterly to review applications to the fund.

Who can apply

The Community Kick-Start fund is open to any charity, community group, individual or group with an idea about how to reduce or prevent loneliness in people aged 50 and over.

What we can fund

Groups can apply for up to £2,000 for a new activity that is likely to reduce isolation and loneliness for older people, or for provision to allow new people to access an existing activity. Strong applications would show how the activity is supported by and likely to be of interest to local older people, and how it is likely to continue beyond the kick-start funding. Activities should not duplicate those already happening locally.

We can support payments for:

Goods such as equipment needed to kick-start a new sports or activity project

Services including training, facilitation and room hire for activities that will be delivered within 12 months of the funding being approved

BAB will purchase the goods and/or services on behalf of the group applying for funding.

Please note that we are not currently accepting applications for Community Kick-Start Funding, as we are working with our Older Persons Commissioning Panel to review the commissioning process to ensure it is as effective and accessible as possible. We shall announce the next deadline (which will be in Spring 2018) on this page by the end of January - in the meantime, if you are considering applying for funding please read the Information for Applicants document below and contact us if you have any further questions.

Community Kick-Start Information for Applicants (Updated August 2016) - Word Version

Community Kick-Start Information for Applicants (Updated August 2016) - PDF Version



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