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East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Connecting Communities Grant

Connecting Communities Grant

What is the Connecting Communities grant scheme?

It is a scheme that provides funding for projects that get older people involved in social or physical activities or to take part in events that are happening in the community where they live.  If you need help to fund an idea, then the grant may be able to help you.

Applications will be considered to fund projects and activities for older people that:

  • Encourage participation and help to improve physical and mental wellbeing
  • Help to reduce isolation and loneliness in the community, especially among older people with emerging health and social care needs
  • Promote independence and help people to manage their lives and care for themselves.

The fund provides added benefit to society/the wider community due to reducing social exclusion and improving the quality of life as a consequence of involving people in activities.

The fund is provided through partnership between the Council and East Riding Clinical Commissioning Group.

 Who can apply?

Organisations, voluntary groups and community groups working or based within the East Riding of Yorkshire who want to develop community based projects/activities for fifty year olds and over.

How much can I apply for?

The amount which you can apply for is flexible and can be available for up to three years (as a yearly fund) but can also be accessed as a one-off sum.

Please note: the grant does not fund salaries.

How can I apply?

You can apply using the below application forms. Which one you use will be based upon how much you intend to apply for, under £2000 or over £2000.

The application should be completed by a representative for or on behalf of the project or group and sent to:


How will my application be assessed?

Applications will be assessed through the Connecting Communities grant panel which meets monthly. 

The panel is made of representatives from:

  • Adult Social Care
  • Public Health
  • Clinical Commissioning Group

The panel score each application against a ‘set’ criteria. Once the panel have made a decision they will contact the applicant (by email, letter or telephone) as soon as possible to advise whether they have been successful or not.

If the application is unsuccessful, the applicant the panel will explain the reasons for this. If an application is unsuccessful, this does not mean that the applicant cannot re-apply. Help and support is available for applications that have been turned down if this is required.

After a successful application has been awarded their funding, they will need to report on a quarterly basis and at the end of a project, back to the panel. 

Are there conditions to funding for a project?

Yes. The grant panel will monitor the progress of your activity or project. Every quarter and upon completion of the activity/project, applicants will have to report back to the grant panel showing that the activity/project promotes independence, physical and mental well-being and supports an individual to develop/maintain their social networks and be self-sustaining once grant funding has ceased.  

Reporting templates and where to send them are provided to the groups/projects after the award of funds 

Which projects have successfully applied for funding previously?

Below is a list of activities and projects that have previously successfully applied for funding:

  • Hornsea United Reform Church - Living Well – Phase 2
  • Barmby Moor Parish Council - Boot and Slipper IT Project- Phase 2
  • Martongate Community Church - Community Café
  • Mustard Seed - The Branch Social and Luncheon Club
  • Courtyard Goole - Fun Exercise project
  • West Hill Community Centre Ltd - West Hill Connected IT project
  • Ellerton and Aughton Village Hall - The Wednesday Club (social activities)
  • Young at Heart Group Preston – Social and physical activities
  • Rotary Club Humberside – Annual Senior Citizen Tea Party
  • Cottingham Rangers - Walking Football group
  • Castaway Music Theatre – transport costs for people to access activities
  • Nafferton Methodist Church - Nafferton Activities Group
  • Harpham & Lowthorpe Village Hall - Connecting the Community IT project
  • Middleton Village Hall - Middleton Movers, a fun exercise group
  • Hutton Cranswick Sports & Rec. Association - Seniors Health - equipment
  • Gilberdyke & District Good Campanions - Movement to Music, equipment
  • Priory Methodist Church - Priory Church Luncheon Club
  • Patient Champions at Brough & South Cave Surgery – Health and Social Care Information Booth

Where can I get further information?

For further information or an application form please contact the Adult Social Care Transformation Team on 


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