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NEW - Care Home Friends and Neighbours: Intergenerational Linking Project

22 October 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in England for projects which link younger people aged 5 to 14 from schools and youth organisations with older people living in local care homes.  This is a part of a series of partnership funding programmes set up after the initial COVID 19 outbreak, with funding from the government as well as other partners. It will be looking at projects that are adapting as a result of the pandemic.

Fund Information

Funding body:

National Lottery Community Fund

Maximum value:

£ 31,000

Application deadline:



The Care Home Friends and Neighbours: Intergenerational Linking Project is a national initiative from My Home Life England and The Linking Network. The scheme is jointly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund (as part of their #iwill fund) and the Dunhill Medical Trust.

Objectives of Fund

The aims of the scheme are to:

  • Improve young people’s confidence and develop their leadership skills.

  • Create a world where care homes are truly connected to their communities.

  • Sustainably embed intergenerational linking into the curriculum and ethos of a school and/or youth organisation.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £31,000 are available.

Up to ten grants will be awarded in total.

Who Can Apply

Charities, local authorities and not-for-profit organisations based in England can apply.

Organisations must be able to provide:

  • Their latest set of accounts.

  • Copies of their safeguarding policies for younger and older people. The safeguarding policy for younger people must comply with The National Lottery safeguarding policy.




The grant cannot be used to re-establish or continue an existing project.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for intergenerational linking projects that are bringing together in a meaningful way older people who live in care homes with young people aged 5 to 14 years in schools or youth groups.

Projects do not need to work with the full breadth of the 5 to 14 age range, although projects may choose to work across the age spectrum if they wish.

The focus is on reaching young people who are located in less socio economically advantaged areas.

Eligible projects should aim to enable young and older people to:

  • Imagine and design a range of different activities together, encouraging creativity, giving ownership and increasing feelings of connection and fun.

  • Learn from one another and share in new experiences together, broadening understanding of who the all are and how they all live together.

  • Build meaningful intergenerational friendships which increase a sense of connection and reduce feelings of isolation, especially during lockdown.

Projects must be run within two distinct neighbourhoods within an area. The area can be defined as a county, a local authority area, or a city/town. The required “two neighbourhoods” can be two difference districts or communities within a city/town.

The minimum target is for five care homes and five schools or youth organisations to be engaged in intergenerational linking in each of the two linked neighbourhoods in the local area. Therefore, the total minimum target is ten care homes and ten schools or youth organisations per organisation that is applying for a grant, but organisations can choose to reach more.

Projects must embed and address the six key #iwill principles as set out by The National Lottery’s Community Fund:

  • Be challenging.

  • Be youth led.

  • Be socially impactful.

  • Be progressive.

  • Be embedded.

  • Be reflective.

The grants can be used to cover a range of costs, including staff costs and overheads.

The funding is for 18 months (with a start date of 1 April 2021). This will incorporate a period of approximately 6 months of planning and 12 months engagement in activity.

How To Apply

The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest form is 5pm on 13 November 2020.

Organisations are encouraged to speak to the grants team about their proposal. Appointments will be available between 12 October 2020 and 23 October 2020. Organisations should email [email protected] to arrange a phone or Zoom appointment.

Guidelines are available on the webpage of the project.

Expression of Interest forms should be submitted via the Dunhill Medical Trust’s online application portal.

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