“Lock­down brought an abrupt end to exer­cise class­es, walk­ing sports and out­door activ­i­ties. It became increas­ing­ly dif­fi­cult for old­er peo­ple to stay mobile, and we know the neg­a­tive impact seden­tary behav­iour can have on phys­i­cal health” (Age Scot­land 2020).

There’s a real con­cern that we are fac­ing a decon­di­tion­ing pan­dem­ic with­in our old­er pop­u­la­tion as a result of the ongo­ing COVID lock­down mea­sures. As peo­ple are required to stay indoors more, sim­ple exer­cise such as walk­ing and shop­ping has decreased which is impact­ing on people’s phys­i­cal abil­i­ty. The reduc­tion in mus­cle and bone mass leads to a high­er risk of falls and hip frac­tures and long-term con­di­tions such as car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, demen­tia and dia­betes which makes our old­er pop­u­la­tion less resilient to fight off oth­er com­mon ill­ness­es such as the flu. There’s also the psy­cho­log­i­cal impact of less social inter­ac­tion which can lead to iso­la­tion and depression.

The Act as One Age­ing Well Pro­gramme is pro­vid­ing some fund­ing for com­mu­ni­ty grants across Brad­ford Dis­trict and Craven to encour­age grass-roots com­mu­ni­ty-based ini­tia­tives which will encour­age peo­ple who are over 40 who are at risk of decon­di­tion­ing to be more active. The pri­ma­ry focus for this fund­ing will be on the over 65s, but pro­pos­als for work with the 40–65s at risk of decon­di­tion­ing will also be considered.

The VCS Alliance will be run­ning this Small Grant Fund­ing Pro­gramme, and is part­ner­ing with Active Brad­ford and Liv­ing Well to encour­age oppor­tu­ni­ties and con­nec­tions between initiatives.

The inten­tion is that the fund­ing will pro­mote the val­ues and prin­ci­ples of the Asset Based Com­mu­ni­ty Devel­op­ment (ABCD) approach which builds on the assets that are found in the com­mu­ni­ty and mobilis­es indi­vid­u­als, asso­ci­a­tions, and insti­tu­tions to come togeth­er to realise and devel­op their strengths.

ABCD is a set of val­ues and prin­ci­ples which:

  • Iden­ti­fies and makes vis­i­ble the health enhanc­ing assets in a community
  • Sees cit­i­zens and com­mu­ni­ties as the co-pro­duc­ers of health and well­be­ing, rather than the recip­i­ents of services
  • Pro­motes com­mu­ni­ty net­works, rela­tion­ships and friend­ships that can pro­vide car­ing, mutu­al help and empowerment
  • Iden­ti­fies what has the poten­tial to improve health and well-being
  • Sup­ports indi­vid­u­als’ health and well-being through self- esteem, cop­ing strate­gies, resilience skills, rela­tion­ships, friend­ships, knowl­edge and per­son­al resources
  • Empow­er com­mu­ni­ties to con­trol their futures and cre­ate tan­gi­ble resources such as ser­vices, funds and buildings

(Foot and Hop­kins 2010)



  • To pro­vide a range of ini­tia­tives for peo­ple over 40, but pre­dom­i­nant­ly the over 65s, to improve their well­be­ing, phys­i­cal, men­tal and social func­tion­ing, and reduce health inequalities.


Programme Objectives:

  • Pro­vide a range of cre­ative solu­tions to sup­port peo­ple to remain active both inside and out­side of their own homes whilst iso­lat­ing and post iso­la­tion for exam­ple (videos, exer­cise rou­tines, sim­ple activ­i­ties, cre­ative ideas to keep mov­ing, hints and tips, diet and nutri­tion advice).
  • Encour­age and sup­port peo­ple to use tech­nol­o­gy, apps and videos to enable remote engage­ment in activities/exercise.


Project Description

The fund­ing has been allo­cat­ed in line with the pro­por­tion of the local pop­u­la­tions aged 40 and over in each of the four Local­i­ties of Brad­ford Dis­trict and Craven. These are:

  • Brad­ford North (CPs 1, 2A, 2B and 3), includ­ing: Ship­ley, Saltaire, Bin­g­ley, Bail­don, Green­gates, Idle, Eccleshill, Ravenscliffe
  • Brad­ford Cen­tral (CPs 4, 5 and 6), includ­ing: Girling­ton, Man­ning­ham, City Cen­tre, Bark­erend, Thorn­bury, Lais­ter­dyke, West Bowl­ing, Lit­tle Horton

  • Brad­ford South (CPs 7, 8, 9 and 10), includ­ing: Wib­sey, But­ter­shaw, Lid­get Green, Queens­bury, Den­holme, Wyke, Tong, Holme Wood, Bier­ley and Low Moor, Friz­ing­hall, Low­er Grange, Aller­ton, Clay­ton, Wrose

  • Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, includ­ing: Keigh­ley, Haworth, Stee­ton, Ilk­ley, Adding­ham, Bur­ley in Wharfedale, Sils­den, Craven Dis­trict (Skip­ton, Set­tle, Ben­tham, Grass­ing­ton etc)

If you are unsure which area your project will be deliv­ered in, please con­tact us for advice.

The Deci­sion-Mak­ing Pan­el are keen to see a range of cre­ative activ­i­ties to sup­port those at risk of decon­di­tion­ing to be active again, with­in Covid-secure restric­tions. Exam­ples of pos­si­ble projects might include:

  • Activ­i­ties peo­ple can do whilst in Lock­down or shield­ing at home e.g. danc­ing, seat­ed exer­cis­es, pre-record­ed or live-streamed activ­i­ties, exer­cis­es using items and facil­i­ties com­mon­ly found around the house e.g. climb­ing stairs, lift­ing food tins etc.
  • Activ­i­ties peo­ple can do out­side e.g. activ­i­ties in a gar­den, walk­ing or cycling routes and chal­lenges, walk­ing or cycling pairs/small groups, safe open water swim­ming, gar­den­ing and green gyms etc.
  • Ini­tia­tives to sup­port Dig­i­tal Inclu­sion will be con­sid­ered, pro­vid­ing that the pri­ma­ry focus of the pro­pos­al fits with­in the Aim and Objec­tives of the Pro­gramme.

Liv­ing Well have some excel­lent resources to help encour­age phys­i­cal activ­i­ty on their web­site here: Their Active at Home resource is also very help­ful, and can be down­loaded from here:

The resources are avail­able for 6 months only and there­fore can­not be spent on things requir­ing fund­ing going for­ward. Projects must be self-sus­tain­ing by the com­mu­ni­ties or ser­vices themselves.

Com­mu­ni­ties and neigh­bour­hoods need to feel con­fi­dent that with this is the oppor­tu­ni­ty to improve things for local peo­ple and that they will have con­trol over poten­tial solu­tions. This mod­el has demon­strat­ed to be an effec­tive way of reach­ing projects and small­er organ­i­sa­tions who can ben­e­fit from com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment work as well as strength­en­ing Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ships and leav­ing a lega­cy with­in communities.

The VCS Alliance are pro­vid­ing the following:

  • Project set up
  • Cen­tral finan­cial admin­is­tra­tion and distribution
  • Col­la­tion of mon­i­tor­ing and final evaluation


Criteria for applicants

  • This fund­ing is only open to not-for-prof­it Vol­un­tary and Com­mu­ni­ty Sec­tor organ­i­sa­tions and Social Enter­pris­es. Pri­vate busi­ness­es, sole traders, indi­vid­u­als or statu­to­ry organ­i­sa­tions are not eligible.
  • Projects must demon­strate how the fund­ing will be used to sup­port the Aims and Objec­tives of the fund­ing, with the pri­ma­ry focus for this fund­ing being on the over 65s, but pro­pos­als for work with the 40–65s at risk of decon­di­tion­ing will also be considered.
  • Appli­cants must be able to explain how the project will be sus­tain­able into the future, once the project peri­od has finished.
  • Projects must describe how they will ensure that activ­i­ties are deliv­ered in Covid-secure ways.
  • Projects must not dupli­cate exist­ing ser­vices or activities.
  • Projects must not cov­er work under­tak­en by exist­ing statu­to­ry health and care services.
  • All suc­cess­ful projects will be required to reg­is­ter their activ­i­ty with Active Brad­ford. A sim­ple guide for how to do this will be pro­vid­ed to all suc­cess­ful applicants.


Application Process

There is a sim­ple appli­ca­tion process using a sim­ple and acces­si­ble online form.

Appli­ca­tions will be assessed by an inde­pen­dent mul­ti-agency and mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary deci­sion-mak­ing pan­el which will com­prise of expert rep­re­sen­ta­tives from dif­fer­ent sec­tors. The assess­ment will be based on how the group is plan­ning to meet the stat­ed pri­or­i­ties in their area of work, using an ABCD approach.

Please apply using the online form available here

The dead­line for appli­ca­tions is Fri­day 30th April 2021 at 12pm.


Funding Available

Grants can be between £250 and £1500.

Organ­i­sa­tions can apply for more than one grant in each Local­i­ty area, and in more than one Local­i­ty area. How­ev­er, we expect this oppor­tu­ni­ty to be over-sub­scribed, so the Deci­sion-Mak­ing Pan­el may decide to part fund some pro­pos­als, with the inten­tion of ensur­ing a diverse range of projects and organ­i­sa­tions are fund­ed with­in a Local­i­ty to meet local needs.

For organ­i­sa­tions who have pre­vi­ous­ly received fund­ing from The VCS Alliance, their his­to­ry of com­pli­ance with mon­i­tor­ing require­ments will be made avail­able to the Deci­sion-Mak­ing Pan­el. If you are unsure of your organisation’s his­to­ry of com­pli­ance with mon­i­tor­ing require­ments, please check before sub­mit­ting your application.


Outcomes and Monitoring

Suc­cess­ful appli­cants will be required to report the fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion about those they reach with their activity:

  • How their project went
  • The num­ber of peo­ple reached
  • Their self-report­ed gender
  • Their self-report­ed age ranges (40–50, 51–65, 65+)
  • Their self-report­ed evi­dence of improv­ing their well­be­ing, phys­i­cal, men­tal and social functioning
  • Case Stud­ies
  • Evi­dence of how the grant mon­ey was spent
  • Evi­dence of project activ­i­ty using pho­tos, videos, news­pa­per clip­pings etc.

The dead­line for return­ing a Progress Update about your project is Mon­day 7th June 2021.

Progress Updates should be sub­mit­ted online (a link will be sent to suc­cess­ful applicants)

The dead­line for return­ing your final End of Project Report is Fri­day 24th Sep­tem­ber 2021.

End of Project Reports should be sub­mit­ted online (a link will be sent to suc­cess­ful applicants)


A copy of this guid­ance is avail­able to down­load below.

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