Active Living Programme Grants

Deadline for applications: Monday 21 October 2019.


Somerset has an ageing population and so maintaining good health and independence into older age is a high priority.

Active Living Programme Grants are designed to promote the benefits of staying physically and mentally active in later life.

They are being made available by Somerset County Council Public Health and administered by Somerset Community Foundation as part of The Somerset Fund programme.

To be eligible, groups applying will be active in the local community, providing and promoting opportunities for older people in Somerset to be:

  • more physically active
  • less isolated and lonely
  • more independent
  • better informed of health and wellbeing information and advice

We expect the grants to mostly benefit people aged 65 and over. This is because this age group can expect the greatest gains from maintaining their health and wellbeing.

We want to make grants to a wide range of groups. We are particularly keen to support grassroots voluntary groups, local charities and social enterprises based in Somerset. We do not normally offer grants to large UK-wide charities, but we might do so where there is a strong relationship to Somerset.

Who can apply?

You do not have to be a registered charity to apply, but the work you ask us to support must be legally charitable. You must have a:

  • bank account in the name of your group
  • governing document
  • management group / board of local people
  • safeguarding policy

When you apply we will ask you for ‘supporting documents’. These are:-

  • a copy of a recent bank statement
  • your most recent accounts
  • a copy of your governing document
  • the names of the people on your management group
  • your safeguarding policy as part of your application

You may like to get these documents ready before starting your application.

Who can’t apply?

We cannot normally support:

  • groups that have received funding from the Active Living Programme within the last 12 months
  • if applying for running costs, groups must have less than 18 months running costs in unrestricted reserves. If there are over 18 months of normal running costs in-hand, it is unlikely a grant will be awarded. However, please contact us if, for example, you are saving funds for a particular purpose
  • promotion of religion (including repairs to buildings used solely for worship)
  • activities that are a statutory duty or are not charitable
  • activities that have already taken place
  • projects where funds are distributed to a third party
  • projects that take place outside Somerset, unless they benefit Somerset residents

How much is available? 

You can apply for any amount up to a maximum of £2,000.

What do we want to fund?

We welcome innovative project proposals which help older people to be more physically active, less isolated and lonely, more independent, and better informed of health and wellbeing information and advice.

Applications for core costs will also be considered.  Funding for core costs means it can be used for your general running costs, rather than for a specific project.

We are also interested in understanding how your group plans to increase its sustainability over the next year (how your group will secure funding to continue running in the years ahead, such as increasing member numbers, fundraising or looking for other funding opportunities).

How do I make an application?

You can apply by filling in an application form which requires you to complete a series of questions about your group. We will ask you about how the funds will be used, and you will also be asked to attach your supporting documents.  Alternatively, you can post or email the supporting documents to us.

Click here to apply using the online application form.  You will be asked to register your email address and will then be sent an email with a link to the online form.

If you would like to apply using a paper application form please contact us (contact details below). 

Please note the deadline for applications to be submitted is Monday 21 October 2019.

A Decision will be made within 6 weeks and payments will be processed as soon as possible after that, usually within 2 weeks. 

If your application is turned down, we will tell you why it was unsuccessful, but there is no right of appeal. However, a complaints process is available if you have a complaint about the application of our principles and processes.

For further information or assistance contact Kirsty Campbell, Programmes Manager at Somerset Community Foundation on 01749 344949,

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