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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 

Can an organisation be in more than one partnership?

Yes an organisation can be in more than one partnership. Bear in mind the panel will be looking for diversity in the ideas which are selected. We would advise organisations bidding in multiple partnerships to be transparent about this with bidding partners.

Many deaf people are using social media and technology to connect but are not physically meeting people. Is this classed as social isolation?

From its inception, the Ambition for Ageing programme has taken into account contact that isn’t physical. We would recognise speaking to someone on the phone, for example, as social contact as this reduces the risk of social isolation. If this contact is infrequent, one might be considered at risk of social isolation.

Does the budget include the product being translated?

Organisations will be expected to cover all of their delivery costs within their allocated budget. No additional funding will be available. However, the end product of the collated research sits with GMCVO and the publishing and dissemination costs will be paid for by GMCVO and not be expected to come out of organisation’s research projects budgets.

Is there a list of what costs can be included in the bid? Do you have to bid for the full £8,000?

It is ‘up to £8,000’, so less is fine.


We want to know how you will allocate resources and finances in your project. We don’t need a detailed budget at this stage, but need to see if your estimated costs are realistic. The following list isn’t exhaustive, but gives you an example of types of things that would be covered by the funding and you need to consider:


- Staff time to deliver the work

- Room bookings

- Interpreters

- Stationary, dictaphones and other operational costs


This is the list of costs which cannot be funded by the Big Lottery Fund:


- Day-to-day running costs and current or regular activities that are unrelated to Ageing Equally

- Any costs that someone else is paying for, if in cash or in kind (you cannot fund things that are being paid for elsewhere – for example, if you have been gifted free use of a meeting room, this cannot be charged to the project)

- Funds to build up a reserve or surplus, whether distributable or not

- General appeals or endowments

- Anything you start, spend money on, or agree to spend money on, before we confirm our funding (with our specific written consent, such items may on occasion be funded retrospectively)

- Building or refurbishment work, unless we have agreed that this is absolutely necessary to the delivery of your project. This would not include minor alterations, for examples changing signage to making a building more dementia-friendly.

- Buying land or buildings

- Activities that are statutory obligations

- Loans or interest repayments

- Religious or political activities

- Travel outside the UK

How do we make sure the final products get disseminated and what are we hoping to achieve?

All of the research projects must be completed by January 2020, ideally we would like the £8,000 projects finished earlier in November 2019. Once the projects are completed we plan to publish and disseminate the research findings to organisations and key stakeholders before the programme ends in March 2020.


It’s currently too early to tell what exactly will happen after March 2020, but our aim is to use the evidence and findings from the programme to influence policy and decision making at a GM level and to build on the sustainability and legacy of the programme.

Why is the turnaround so tight? Small organisations are already finishing for Christmas and are often very busy this time of year.

The information has been out for a few weeks already for organisations and groups to submit proposals. It is important to stress that the application process is very brief – we are looking at about on page of A4, so whilst the timeline is tight, the bidding process is much simpler and shorter.

Can a successful organisation use their research findings?

All research will be published openly and will be available for any organisation to use. However, the Big Lottery will own the intellectual property of any research.

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 £2,000 will be required to go through a due diligence process as part of the development phase.

Is the funding restricted to the Greater Manchester area?

Yes, it is restricted to the eight areas within GM that Ambition for Ageing work - Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside and Wigan.


Regarding staff time, can you confirm that PI/Co-I time will be funded at 100% and that the costs associated with these staff will also be funded at 100%, e.g. indirect costs and estates costs?

Yes these costs would be funded, should the bidder be successful. All relevant costs relating to the project must be include in the maximum £8k budget.