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.

What information we need from you

Please complete the Community Kick-start application form to provide details about you and your project. This should include what your project will look like and which older people will be involved in the project (for example ‘older people living in Fishponds’ or ‘members of the Somali community’). Please give us an estimate of how many older people will be involved in your project.

Please include a cost breakdown including 2—3 quotes for each item with your application for the goods and/or services required. All quotes should include VAT and any postal or delivery charges. 

Closing date for applications in the current round: Friday 6th October 2017, midday. 

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

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

Community Kick-Start Application Form (Updated Jan 2017) - Word Version

For an application form suitable for writing by hand, please contact Bianca Rossetti ( / 0117 928 1539).


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