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THIS OPPORTUNITY HAS NOW CLOSED - we will be announcing successful bids soon


The ‘Ageing Equally?’ research project is focusing on what makes a good place in which to grow older for people who belong to minority communities. Research from the Ambition for Ageing programme has shown us that marginalisation is linked to the risk of social isolation.


This programme aims to generate a deeper understanding of what supports wellbeing and what makes places age-friendly for a cross-section of communities of identity or experience within the population of Greater Manchester, in order to prevent social isolation.


As part of ‘Ageing Equally?’ GMCVO were seeking proposals for research projects (up to £8,000 for maximum 9 months).


A support provider to assist organisations taking part in ‘Ageing Equally?’ has now been selected.


As part of the ‘Ageing Equally?’ research project, LGBT Foundation were seeking proposals from Equalities Board members for research projects (up to £2000 for a maximum of 6 months). You can find out more about the Equalities Board, and who can join, on their website


The call for research projects;

Are you an organisation:


  • Who can reach and engage with a specific community of identity or experience?
  • Who will work in an inclusive way by actively seeking members of the community who may have multiple barriers and/or identify with more than one minority group?
  • With an interest in exploring the social practices, preferences, desires and concerns of older people and what is useful or inadequate in the places where they live
  • Who can contribute to the learning of Ambition for Ageing by carrying out research in your area of expertise?


GMCVO is seeking organisations with strong links into marginalised communities to put forward ideas for research projects to explore the question:


'What makes a good place in which to grow older, for people who belong to minority communities?'


We are looking for research projects that are targeted at one specific group. This could be in one particular ward or neighbourhood or across multiple areas.


Contract length and value


In early 2019, up to ten organisations will be awarded £500 and offered additional support to develop their proposal into a project that will contribute to the ‘Ageing Equally?’ research.


Up to £8,000 will be awarded for each developed project to be delivered, providing it meets the specified requirements of the programme.


Projects awarded with delivery will take place between April 2019 and January 2020 and will vary in length. Proposals could be for projects that take just one month to complete or up to nine months.


Bidder Engagement Event


This event took place on Thursday 6th December 2018 at Manchester Art Gallery. Please click here for PowerPoint slides from the day.


Frequently asked questions 

How do you define an older person?

For Ambition for Ageing an older person is anyone aged 50 plus.

Will the payments be in advance or by results?

A payment schedule will be agreed with the provider once a contract has been awarded. This will include some payment in advance. Payment is not by results.

What counts as a ‘minority’ or ‘marginalised’ community within Ageing Equally?


The programme will focus on communities of identity or experience whose members often face discrimination or exclusion within wider society:

  •          Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) people (from one specific community)
  •          Recent European migrants
  •          Refugees and asylum seekers
  •          People belonging to minority religions (from one minority religion)
  •          Blind and visually impaired people
  •          D/deaf people and people with hearing loss
  •          Disabled people
  •          People with learning disabilities
  •          People with mental health issues
  •          Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people (together or focussing on a section of this community)

Proposals will need to consider intersectionality i.e. how they will include members of their target group who also belong to other communities. There are additional risk factors for social isolation and where relevant we would also like to see proposals address how they might include some of the following within their target group:

  •          Care home residents/ homecare customers/ day care attendees
  •          Carers
  •          Homeless people
  •          People living in poverty
  •          People over 75
  •          People who have recently been bereaved
  •          People who live alone
  •          People with alcohol and substance use issues 
  •          People with little or no English
  •          People with long-term health conditions or impairments (who don’t define as disabled)
  •          Survivors of abuse
  •          Unemployed people 50-65
  •          People living with dementia
  •          People without children    
Are Local Authorities eligible to apply?

Any organisation, including a Local Authority, is able to apply so long as they meet the specification and eligibility criteria.

If successful at Stage 2, what is the contract value to deliver the proposed project?

If successful at stage 1, you will develop a research project up to the value of £8000, depending on delivery needs. Stage 2 is the development of this project, and stage 3 is delivery. Only those organisations which successfully develop a deliverable proposal that meets the aims of the programme during Stage 2 will progress to Stage 3 and be awarded a contract to deliver their proposed project.

Can you confirm the date for questions and the date for submission of the expression of interest for the £8,000 research project?

The deadline to submit the expression of interest for the £8,000 research project is the 23rd January. The deadline to submit any questions regarding this is the 17th January. The 12th December deadline is for a support provider who will support organisations taking part in ‘Ageing Equally?’ to develop their research ideas into deliverable project plans.

Could a housing provider bid in partnership with a private sector organisation? If so, who should be the lead bidder?

Yes, a housing provider and a private sector organisation could bid in partnership. It is up to each partnership to decide who the lead bidder will be, they should bear in mind they will ultimately be accountable for delivery of the contract. Any sub-contractor receiving more than £2000 will be required to go through a due diligence process as part of the development phase.

How many projects will be funded?

There are two opportunities to bid for funding for research projects:


- 5 research projects will each receive up to £2,000 (AfA Equalities Board). Funding is only available to Equalities Board members

- Up to 10 research projects will each receive up to £8,000 (GMCVO).Funding is open to all organisations who meet the criteria – you don’t need to be an Equalities Board member to apply for this funding

For the research projects up to £2,000, only Equalities Board members can submit an application but the Equalities Board will also be reviewing applications – is there a conflict of interest here?

There is a process in place for Equalities Board members to join the assessment panel which will be making decisions about the Equalities Board research projects. We will ensure that there is no conflict of interest as any Equalities Board members who have submitted a research proposal will have no part in making decisions on who is funded.

Why are proposals for the £2,000 research projects being returned to the LGBT Foundation?

When designing this scaled programme we decided that the LGBT Foundation which is a partner of Ambition for Ageing and the Equalities Board which is funded by Ambition for Ageing would be responsible for managing the 5 research projects. This is why proposals for the £2,000 research projects are being returned to the LGBT Foundation.