Engaging the talent, experience and enthusiasm of older people in the creative arts

Grants are made by invitation, unless an open programme is advertised on our website.

Since 2010 we have focused our programme on participatory arts with people over 60 and usually those facing disadvantage or discrimination. We believe that everyone has a right to take part in cultural activities, but that these also bring benefits in terms of personal health and well-being, as well as community development. Our report Ageing Artfully sets out this case and what more needs to be done and we commissioned the Mental Health Foundation in 2011 to analyse the evidence for these benefits.

Much of our work takes place in partnership with others and we currently have funding relationships with all four Arts Councils in the UK. Although the main focus of our work is on the UK, we believe in learning from good practice overseas and this has primarily been through our partnership with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

This programme theme will end not later than 2019. An update of what we funded in the first five years of the programme called Getting On can be downloaded here.