The Age of No Retirement (AMBT Ltd)

The Age of No Retirement is a movement for intergenerational action and new opportunities for citizens, workers, businesses and communities of all ages – working together to challenge the narrative of division and difference and create a new age of unity and hope where our age, younger or older, does not matter.

The Age of No Retirement received £7,000 to build on the 2014 Age of No Retirement event, and support the movement as it moves beyond London to Manchester and Scotland and scales up its activities.

Collaborate Institute

The Collaborate Institute is an indepedent CIC focusing on the thinking, culture and practice of cross-sector collaboration in services to the public.

The Collaborate Institute received £13,350 to work with the Big Lottery Fund. It is charged with further examining the funding ecology of social change initiatives, in order to engage charitable foundations and others to better coordinate their efforts to maximise impact.

Tyze (Future Gov, Age UK Oxfordshire, Midland Heart Housing)

Tyze, and then later FutureGov, with implementing partners Midland Heart Housing and Age UK Oxfordshire were granted £74,000 for a digital project called Navigating Transitions in Later Life:  Examining the Role of Online Personal Networks.

The Legal Education Foundation

The Legal Education Foundation was granted £6,000 to support the Early Action Funders Alliance over a two year period to build the capacity of the new network.

Battersea Arts Centre

The Battersea Arts Centre, among its many projects, runs workshops for 5000 young people and children annually.

The Gulbenkian Foundation is putting £20,000 towards a project called Piloting Agents of Creative Chaos. This is a three-year programme designed to help break down barriers between fields and unlock greater creativity and innovation in tackling complex, global challenges.

Collaborate Institute

£10,000 to explore and build on the learning from the first Unusual Suspects Festival hosted in London in 2014, whilst sustaining interest and momentum for a more developed and targeted Festival in 2016.

Volunteering Matters

Volunteering Matters received £60,000 for piloting Engage and Transform, a scheme to break down cultural barriers and develop a long-term partnership of mutual benefit between public and social sector organisations.

The overall aim of the pilot programme was to engage more civil servants and others working in Government departments in meaningful community engagements activities, thereby increasing and improving understanding and ways of working between the public and charity sectors.

Social Innovation Exchange

Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) is now the world’s primary network focusing on social innovation.  Their vision is that people all over the world can become better innovators by more easily connecting to their peers, sharing methods and exchanging solutions globally.

SIX received £20,000 to explore and build on the learning from the first Unusual Suspects Festival hosted in London in 2014, whilst sustaining interest and momentum for a more developed and targeted Festival in 2016.

North Sea Marine Cluster

The North Sea Marine Cluster (NSMC) brings together business, scientific and academic expertise for the benefit of the regional marine sector.  NSMC is a not-for-profit collaboration providing a unique opportunity for the members to achieve their shared goals of recognition and growth for the regional marine economy.

The North Sea Marine Cluster received £20,000 to mobilise business interest and expertise across the marine sector, namely in finding solutions to manage marine protected areas and advocate collectively for effective marine conservation.

The Conservation Volunteers

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) works across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone – communities where our activities have a lasting impact on people’s health, prospects and outdoor places.

£35,000 to support for a two-year study on the impact of environmental volunteering in six locations in the UK, testing the theory that it promotes social mixing, attracts social value, redresses environmental injustice and influences behaviour.

Common Seas

Common Seas received £20, 000 to support a new cross-sectoral expert forum to develop ocean-friendly design standards and ‘design out’ plastics from the marine environment. It also was tasked with inspiring innovation and collaboration initially through a study trip to the North East Atlantic gyre to experience an ‘oceanic dump’ first hand.

Colin Hines

Colin Hines from the Green New Deal received £20,000 to take forward lessons from ‘Greening the Economy’ initiatives to influence debate on financing green infrastructure and policy and action on the ground.

Fevered Sleep

Fevered Sleep received £15,000 to support a dissemination programme of events, publications and digital tools for an exploratory research and theatre production, ‘Above Me the Wide Blue Sky’, which investigates humans’ relationship to nature and how people are affected by change and loss in the natural world.


FOAM is an international network of trans-disciplinary labs based in Brussels, with interests in the arts, science, technology, entrepreneurship and design. The FOAM network has 16 years’ experience of creating and facilitating innovative and exploratory work through ‘lab’ processes.

FOAM received £40,000 to design and facilitate initial meetings of the Marine CoLABoration, helping to shape and manage a collaborative process with the Foundation and a group of marine-related organisations.

Forum for the Future

Forum for the Future is an independent non-profit working globally with business, government and other organisations to solve complex sustainability challenges.

Forum was given £50,000 to create a sustainable development framework for the North Sea which identifies the key boundaries and conditions for a sustainable North Sea to 2050.

Green Alliance Trust

The Green Alliance is a charity and independent think tank focused on ambitious leadership for the environment.

The Gulbenkian Foundation gave £15,000 to take forward lessons from ‘Greening the Economy’ initiatives and mobilise a network of grass roots leaders and local champions realising low carbon solutions across communities.

Marine Conservation Society

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the leading UK charity focused on promoting marine conservation in UK waters.

MCS was given £47,000 to adapt and trial the ‘Community Voice Method’ in the UK in order to secure effective stakeholder engagement in decision-making on management of our marine spaces.

Botanic Gardens Conservation International

Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) is a membership organisation representing a network of 500 botanic gardens in more than 100 countries, including the largest and most influential gardens in the sector. BGCI is the largest plant conservation network in the world, and aims to collect, conserve, characterise and cultivate samples from all of the world’s plants as an insurance policy against their extinction in the wild and as a source of plant material for human innovation, adaptation and resilience.

BGCI received £135,000 to scale and embed the success of the ‘Communities in Nature’ initiative through a three-part strategy: promoting the evidence of impact; building and supporting an international alliance of ‘social role’ gardens.  This was then followed up with £12,000 to launch an evaluation report of the ‘Communities in Nature’ initiative and disseminate its findings.

Marine Conservation Society

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK’s leading charity for the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife.  MCS champions a vision of sustainable fisheries, abundant marine life and clean seas and beaches for the enjoyment of all.

MCS was given £17,000 to produce a short film which documents the Community Voice Method and the Marine Conservation Society project to pilot its use in the UK for developing management measures for marine protected areas.

New Economics Foundation

New Economics Foundation (NEF) is the UK’s leading think tank promoting social, economic and environmental justice. Our aim is to transform the economy so that it works for people and the planet.

NEF was given £216,000 to help drive change towards fairer and more sustainable management of marine resources and strengthen the work of the marine conservation sector.

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