Government and Nesta Launch Fund to Increase Volunteering in England

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Nesta invite applications to a new £4 million fund that aims to widen volunteering opportunities for people aged 50 years and older.

The new fund is designed to encourage more people to volunteer alongside public services, and inspire new ways of giving for those who have not previously volunteered. The fund has a specific focus on helping those aged 50 and over, those who want to give time infrequently rather than routinely, and those who want to give their time and skills from the comfort of their own home to good causes.

The fund will support innovations that address one of four different social issues:

  • Bringing communities closer to create shared resources and support one another.
  • Supporting community resilience in emergencies.
  • Improving the environment.
  • Creating new forms of digital social action.

The funding is offered through two separate tracks: Early Stage Ideas and Growing Great Ideas.

Depending on the maturity of the idea, the following awards are available:

  • Early Stage Ideas track – grants of between £50,000 and £75,000, along with non-financial support over 12-18 months to test concepts.
  • Growing Great Ideas track – grants of between £100,000 and £250,000, along with two years of non-financial support, are available for innovations already in place and ready to scale.

It is expected that around 20 innovations (through both tracks) will be funded.

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