‘HOP Pot’ small grants enable a variety of diverse organisations to engage older people with arts and cultural projects across the Liverpool City Region.

Funded by National Museums Liverpool, ‘HOP Pots’ of up to £300 each are available to put towards new partnership projects developed by an arts or cultural organisation working alongside a community/older people-focused organisation to help make it easier for older people to access the arts.

Previous HOP-funded projects have achieved a variety of outcomes, including a reduction in social isolation by facilitating activities outside the home, improved mental stimulation, increased levels of physical activity and breaking down barriers for older people using new technology.

‘HOP Pot’ grants have funded some fantastic projects including intergenerational Chinese New Year Celebrations at a day centre, a local history-themed reading group, and African and Caribbean dance workshops for older adults.

Please note, applications are now closed for 2019. 


Judging criteria and supporting information

The HOP Pot offers funds of up to £300 for organisations to deliver activity for older people which demonstrates:

Ownership and active participation: projects with themes and activities which are guided by the participants’ interests, skills or desire to have a go at something new. The participants are actively involved in the creative activity rather than simply spectating.

Collaboration: organisations working together in new ways, or for the first time, with the potential for creating ongoing relationships.

Innovation: creation of new activities and testing out new ways to engage older people with culture or bringing together existing offers in the community in a new and exciting way.

Added Value: use of the HOP Pot fund to add value to existing resources and assets.

Live Well: enables older people to live well through arts and cultural activities, practices and engagement.

We want to encourage as broad a range of activities as possible. There are no set criteria for how you might use the HOP Pot grant. We’re excited to hear your ideas as to where you think it will add the most value.

Download the full Guidance for Applicants including the terms of the grant: HOP Guidance for Applicants May 2019

The HOP film

The HOP film showcases what HOP is all about and features 2017’s round of HOP Pot projects, including Tai Chi sessions, Ukulele lessons and a cinema, memory and wellbeing project. Here from project leads and participants about how access to arts and cultural activity helps keep older people well.

If you’d like any more information about any of the projects featured, please get in touch!


Film by Pete Carr.