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Bristol Older People’s Funding Alliance – Transformation Fund



Bristol Older Peoples’ Funding Alliance

The Bristol Older Peoples’ Funding Alliance (BOPFA) is a group of grant funders that have come together to share information and coordinate their own allocation of financial resources in order to meet the priority needs of older people within Bristol and help organisations address the changes needed in order to survive.

The Transformation Fund

In response to the changing funding environment, the Alliance wants to help organisations change and adapt in order to meet the needs of older people in Bristol. This fund is not for the delivery of services but BOPFA have established to support organisations to:

  • Redevelop or improve services, and/ or
  • Address sustainability, and/ or,
  • Use innovation to make an impact on an issue that affects the quality of life for older people


Grant amounts

Each organisation can apply for up to £15,000 to contribute to one or more of the above aims. This should be used within a maximum period of 12 months from the allocation of grant.



This fund will accept applications from organisations that:

  • Have a main focus of delivering within Bristol
  • Provide services that seek to improve the quality of life of older people.

Bristol Older People’s Funding Alliance



The transformation fund is open to applications that can meet the following criteria:

  • There needs to be a clear challenge or issue that is to be addressed with the funds
  • There should evidence behind the proposed impacts on an issue that affects the quality of life for older people
  • Evidence of collaboration where appropriate
  • Applications should evidence the involvement of service users in the work
  • Applications should identify the changing needs of older people who access their service


What do we want to fund?

The following are some examples of the kinds of projects we would fund:

  • Investigating opportunities to acquire or use assets such as buildings to produce new revenue streams.
  • Activities that improve delivery
  • Exploring or moving to new business models
  • Setting up social enterprises or trading arms to generate income
  • Gaining skills to enhance organisations’ fundraising capabilities, including loan finance
  • Strengthening board and key staff skills.
  • Setting up mergers,
  • Supporting improved collaboration
  • Evidencing the impact/difference that the organisations makes to the quality of life of older people.
  • Using technology to improve efficiency and reach.
  • Service Redesign
  • Capacity and capability building
  • Organisational costs directly related to any of the above.


What wont we fund?

The transformation fund will not fund the following:

  • Costs for continuing usual delivery
  • Core costs (other than those directly related to what we would fund)
  • Fundraisers
  • Grant writers
  • Costs associated with insolvency



The deadline for all expressions of Interest is Midday on 22nd February 2018. After these have been reviewed by the Alliance, shortlisted organisations will be informed by 9th March 2018.
All shortlisted organisations will be required to complete the full application by 3rd April 2018 and successful organisations will be informed by 1st May.


Expression of Interest

BOPFA would like organisations to complete the Expression of Interest so that we can get an initial idea of your proposal and check that it fits with the aims and criteria of the fund. Download the Expression of Interest form here, and the guidance notes here



All expressions of Interest should be sent to Bristol Ageing better who will be managing the application process. You can submit via email to or, alternatively you can post the form to: BAB, c/o Age UK Bristol, Canningford House, 38 Victoria Street, Bristol BS1 6BY



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