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Hyde Foundation fund for improving the lives of older people

  • Do you have an idea that could help older people live positive, independent lives?
  • Are you passionate about your community?
  • Could you be a social entrepreneur?

Hyde Foundation, in partnership with UnLtd and with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new £50,000 fund to benefit older people.

We are seeking social entrepreneurs with sustainable ideas to help older people to live positive, independent lives.

Awards will be available for individuals looking to set up social enterprises alongside a package of practical support.

The UK is currently undergoing a large demographic shift with potentially far-reaching consequences for society, the economy and public service provision. Simply put, we are all getting older – and our society is too. This increasing size of the older population requires us to think differently about ageing because the implications will affect every part of our lives, across generations.

We need innovations that will reduce reliance on services through preventative approaches, tackle causes rather than symptoms and create a personalised, more connected and preventative system that tackles the challenges of an ageing society.

We want to harness the experience, expertise and innovation of people to help deal with the challenges, and meet the needs and aspirations, of an ageing population.


Ventures must benefit Hyde residents and others in one of the following areas:

  • London: Greenwich, Southwark, Lambeth, Brent, Croydon, Islington, Lewisham
  • South: Chichester District Council, Medway Towns, Thanet District Council, West Sussex District Council, Brighton and Hove Borough Council


Awards of between £500 to £5,000 are available for individual social entrepreneurs. There is also practical support available from UnLtd.


To make sure you and your venture are eligible, please register on our grants website and read the criteria.

To apply

Please register and read the guidance notes before completing the online application form.

Resources about social enterprise

Find out about some established social entrepreneurs, their inspiration and their journeys: