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Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better

Reducing social isolation among older people in England
Funding size:
£2 million - £6 million
Total available:
£70 million
Application deadline:
This programme is now closed

What’s it all about?


This programme is now closed for applications


We are investing £70 million in England to improve the lives of older people.

Listen to Ron who has used his own experience of isolation to help us shape our investment as part of our co-design group.

The Big Lottery Fund is now in the process of creating the Centre for Ageing Better, a £50m world-leading hub for the gathering and application of evidence to identify what makes for a better quality of life in older age, combining the highest standards of evidence generation with a commitment to practical change.

With the aim of empowering older people to stay active, healthier and happier for longer, it will promote the positive role they play within society and actively engage older people in the shaping of its work.

What are we looking for?

We want our funding to reduce social isolation among older people.

Successful projects will involve older people in the design and delivery of services.

Who can apply?

We invited 100 local authorities to submit an expression of interest to be considered for funding.

We have now selected a shortlist of 32 areas to take forward, who will be required to send us a full ‘vision and strategy’ for their area. At this stage each area will form a partnership led by a voluntary and community sector organisation.

What can you apply for?

We expect to make awards to 15 to 20 areas of between £2 and £6 million over three to six years.

Development funding of up to £20,000 will be available to those areas we shortlist.


Organisation Types

  • Public sector organisation
  • Voluntary or community organisation


  • Health and well-being


  • Older people