Funding Opportunity: Supporting Ageing in Place

Ambition for Ageing are seeking community groups and organisations to deliver projects in pilot neighbourhoods across Greater Manchester to help create social connections and build age-friendly places for people aged 50 and over.

Ambition for Ageing, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund  and delivered by GMCVO, is a Greater Manchester programme for people aged 50 and over and aims to reduce social isolation, create age-friendly places and empower people to live fulfilling lives as they age. Additional funding from Manchester City Council is resourcing the work in Old Moat and Withington.


The Ambition for Ageing programme is supporting places to become more age-friendly by showing how a place can change through small projects and how projects can work together to make neighbourhoods different. Funding of up to £2,000 per project is available.

Ambition for Ageing is looking to invest in a range of projects to increase social connections for older people, especially those from marginalised, including low income, communities. Projects could support social connections by delivering activities, adapting spaces to make them more accessible or buying equipment, but would like groups to think creatively.

Projects must be delivered in the following neighbourhoods: 

  • Farnworth and Kearsley (Bolton)

  • Bury East (Bury)

  • Gorton (Manchester)

  • Old Moat and Withington (Manchester) 

  • St James’ (Oldham)

  • Kirkholt (Rochdale)

  • Swinton (Salford)

  • Reddish (Stockport)

  • Stalybridge (Tameside)

  • Clifford (Trafford)

  • Wigan North (Wigan)

Key Dates:

The funding is open to proposals from Monday 10th May 2021. 

There will be two rounds of funding:

  • Round 1 -  closing date: Monday 14th June 2021 – 12 noon

  • Round 2 - closing date: Monday 5th July 2021 – 12 noon

We recommend that you submit your proposal in the first round as second round funding is subject to availability.

Support to Apply:

Ambition for Ageing will be running online information sessions for those interested in applying. The dates and links to register are: 

We are also able to offer support with developing a project idea or with the process by referring you to a local support organisation. Please get in touch with for a referral.


Click here to visit the Ambition for Ageing website to download the full proposal guidance and the proposal form. 


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