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New FUND – The Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund

Grants available: You can apply for between £10,000 and £75,000. If you need £10,000 or less you could try the National Lottery Awards for All fund.

Applications close: 16 October 2023 at 12 noon

Who is the funding for; Voluntary or community organisations within the UK

Link: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/community-organisations-cost-of-living-fund


This funding is for organisations that support people and communities under severe pressure because of the increased cost of living.

By community we mean people living in the same local area.

TNLCF main priority is to fund organisations supporting low-income households and individuals.

To apply your organisation must already run critical services around at least one of the following:

  • food and emergency supplies – like food and baby banks or the provision of hot meals, clothes or toiletries
  • emergency shelter – like night shelters or other accommodation for people experiencing homelessness
  • safe spaces – like domestic abuse services and youth services
  • warmth – like warm rooms and spaces
  • financial and housing advice – like giving people advice because of the increased cost of living.

Your organisation must also be facing both

  • increased demand for these critical services


  • increased costs of delivering these critical services

We’re more likely to fund small and medium-sized front-line organisations

With an annual turnover of between £10,000 and around £1 million.

Larger organisations can also apply if they do both of the following:

  • show that they work closely and effectively with local communities
  • fill a gap in essential local services.


You can get funding to pay for:

  • costs of delivering, expanding or adapting your existing critical service(s) from the date you are funded until 31 March 2024. The date you are funded will be around 12 weeks from the time you submitted your application.
  • retrospective costs of running the existing critical service(s) you’re applying for between 24 July 2023 and the date you are funded.

To find out more read the section What you can spend the money on found the the main website.

TNLCF want to support a range of critical services that reach as many local communities and groups of people as possible. This will be one of the things they think about when deciding which applications to fund.

The deadline for applications is 16 October 2023 at 12 noon

Funding organisations will start in October 2023, and finish in January 2024. If you get funding you must spend it by 31 March 2024.


Independent Age: Cost of Living Fund / Practical support measures and advice / Closing 16th September

Grants available:   25 x £40,000

Deadline to apply:  September 16th 2022

Who is the funding for? Charities, community groups and social enterprises with annual turnover >£100k

District: UK

Link: Grants Fund: Helping charities to rebuild services for people in later life | Independent Age


In response to the cost-of-living crisis Independent Age are looking to provide 25 grants of £40,000 (£1million total) to charities and community organisations to get more money into the pockets of older people and help ensure they do not have to choose between buying food to eat and heating their home this winter.  Projects must be in addition to or an extension of existing work – we cannot fund business-as-usual projects.

This fund will support projects like:

  • advice and information initiatives – such as helplines, drop-in sessions or community outreach work – that provide guidance to establish whether someone is entitled to relevant benefits
  • active support programmes that, through guidance to fill in forms and the like, help over 65s to claim benefits they are entitled to
  • budgeting advice and/or support to access better energy deals
  • debt advice, where an organisation is appropriately registered to give this
  • short-term help, such as access to grants to deal with one-off costs or emergencies or subsidised property maintenance, for older people already struggling financially.

Grants are available to registered and exempt charities, CIOs and CICs, with annual turnovers exceeding £100,000, or partnerships/collaboratives where the lead body meets these criteria. Priority will be given to smaller organisations and those embedded in the communities we are particularly targeting for this fund.

We are not able to fund individuals directly, or provide funds for capital investment, such as building projects, through this programme.
See the guidance for more information about the eligibility and prioritisation criteria for the fund.

Future plans

Organisations ineligible for this fund – specifically those working with older people to deliver other types of support, and/or community organisations with a turnover of less than £100,000 a year, are invited to email us to register their interest in future grant programmes. We will then send you a survey to find out more about your work.

In particular, we are considering offering organisations access to training, materials – including our own information and advice booklets – and additional support to help them keep up to date with good-quality advice, guidance and ways of directing older people to sources of help at this challenging time. If such a programme is of interest to you, please email us at grants@independentage.org.


Phase 1 applications will be accepted from 1 September to 16 September 2022.

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity Brings Next Planned Round Forward to June

In response to the current cost-of-living crisis, the MSE Charity has decided to bring forward its next planned funding round, which was originally due to open in September this year. Non-profit groups will now be able to apply in June 2022 for projects which help to build financial resilience.

The theme for the next round is Building and Developing Resilience, and projects should focus on providing urgent money guidance and emergency debt help to those of in need of support through the cost-of-living crisis in the UK.

There is particular interest in applications which use memorable, innovative, and or creative ways of delivering financial life skills which will make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave and manage their money.

Small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution can apply, including UK registered charities, community interest companies, social enterprises and credit unions.

The Charity has updated its eligibility requirements, and will now accept organisations with an annual income of up to £750,000. Groups must also have unrestricted reserves that are less than six months of their running costs.

Applications will open on 20 June 2022 and close on 22 July 2022 (or when 40 applications have been accepted).

Not sure if your organisation can apply? Take a quick Eligibility Quiz now, and review the Funding FAQs here.