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Supporting Ageing in Place


Ambition for Ageing seeks community groups and organisations to deliver projects in pilot neighbourhoods across Greater Manchester to help us create social connections and build age friendly places for people aged 50 and over.


Ambition for Ageing, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) and delivered by GMCVO, is a Greater Manchester programme for people aged 50 and over and aims to reduce social isolation, create age-friendly places and empower people to live fulfilling lives as they age. Additional funding from Manchester City Council is resourcing our work in Old Moat and Withington.



The Ambition for Ageing programme is supporting places to become more age-friendly by showing how a place can change through small projects and how projects can work together to make neighbourhoods different. Funding of up to £2,000 per project is available.


Ambition for Ageing is looking to invest in a range of projects to increase social connections for older people, especially those from marginalised, including low income, communities. Projects could support social connections by delivering activities, adapting spaces to make them more accessible or buying equipment, but we would like groups to think creatively.


We are looking for projects to be delivered in the following pilot neighbourhoods: 


  • Farnworth and Kearsley (Bolton)
  • Bury East (Bury)
  • Gorton (Manchester)
  • Old Moat and Withington (Manchester) 
  • St James’ (Oldham)
  • Kirkholt (Rochdale)
  • Swinton (Salford)
  • Reddish (Stockport)
  • Stalybridge (Tameside)
  • Clifford (Trafford)
  • Wigan North (Wigan)


Key Dates


The funding is open to proposals from Monday 10th May 2021. 


There will be two rounds of funding:


  • Round 1-  closing date: Monday 14th June 2021 – 12 noon
  • Round 2 - closing date: Monday 26th July 2021 – 12 noon


We recommend that you submit your proposal in the first round as second round funding is subject to availability.


Support to Apply


A number of online information sessions for those interested in applying took place in May 2021. Questions asked during these sessions were added to our Frequently Asked Questions.


We are able to offer support with developing a project idea or with the process by referring you to a local support organisation. Please get in touch with for a referral.


How to apply


Please click the links below to download each document. You can also email for the proposal form and guidance.



Please send your completed proposal form to