Active Ageing Fund

Nationwide search begins for brilliant ideas to support inactive older people

We've put tackling inactivity right at the heart of our new strategy Towards an Active Nation – which means over the next four years, we’re going to triple the amount we invest in helping inactive people become active.

As a first step, we will be investing up to £10 million into projects that help inactive older people get active through our Active Ageing Fund.

Download our Active Ageing Prospectus

We’re looking for both new partners and ones we’ve worked with before who are willing to work with us to co-design innovative, different and experimental approaches that put older people at the heart of our efforts.


Expressions of interest for our Active Ageing Fund closed in February 2017.

We have no confirmed plans for a further round of Active Ageing investment at present.

Our next round of investment to tackle inactivity will focus on people in lower socio-economic groups. Further funding opportunities will be announced on our website as and when information is available.

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Why we’re investing in inactivity

We have an ageing population – the number of people aged 60 or over is expected to pass the 20 million mark by 2030 (Office for National Statistics, 2015).

Thirty-six per cent of people aged 55 and over are inactive compared to 26 per cent of the population as a whole.

Our research shows that as you get older, you’re far more likely to be inactive and do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week.

But those who are least active stand to benefit the most in terms of their health and happiness by getting active, even if it’s just small changes like walking slightly faster or further than you normally do or planning 10 minutes of yoga with friends or work colleagues every morning.

We want to work with partners to learn and understand more about how we should support inactive older adults. In particular, we want test new ways of tackling inactivity, and find approaches that could be replicated across the country that make a significant difference to many more people’s lives.

Key facts

If you have a great idea of how we can tackle inactivity in this diverse audience, then we want to hear from you.

Here are some key facts about the programme that you need to know:

  • Value of investment: £10 million
  • Fund opens: 14 December 2016
  • Anticipated size of bids: £50,000 - £500,000
  • Length of project: Minimum of one year
  • Expression of interest deadline: Midday 13 February 2017
  • Awards made: June 2017

You do not need to have a fully-formed project at this stage. It might be that you want to test an innovative idea to learn whether it works, to replicate in other locations something that has already been proven successful or set up something new in your area where there is a real need.

The first part of the process involves the submission of an expression of interest form, where we will need to know a little about your organisation, your understanding of the audience you want to work with and your initial ideas on how you might tackle inactivity.

If your project is fully worked up and ready to start, then we still want to hear from you as your application can be fast-tracked to a full project award.

Prospectus and expression of interest form

The Active Ageing Prospectus provides you with full details on how to apply. It gives further guidance about what we are looking to achieve, the kind of projects we are interested in and details the research and insight that we have gathered around inactive older adults.

Please read it carefully and use it to help you develop your project ideas. We would also recommend that you read and use the following documents to help you as you prepare your expression of interest:

The deadline for expressions of interest to our Active Ageing fund closed at noon on Monday 13 February 2017.

Help and support

Please take the time to read the prospectus and frequently asked questions documents.

If the answer you are looking for in not included then please contact us via email or call our funding helpline on 0345 8508 508.