HOP Pot grants

‘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.

Applications are now open!

We are delighted to announce that applications for a new round of ‘HOP Pot’ grants are now open.

The theme for this round of grants is ‘Intergenerational’. Where possible, we would like to see projects which bring together different generations and celebrate the creativity of older people. Do not worry if your project idea does not fit this theme. We are still keen to see you apply.

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; instead, we’re excited to hear your ideas as to where you think it will add the most value.


  • Bids must be submitted by an arts/cultural organisation and community/older people-focused organisation working in partnership (either organisation may make the application).
  • Bids must show how the funding will be used to break down barriers older people face in accessing cultural provision.
  • Funds must be used for new, additional activity, and not as a replacement for core funding.
  • Applicants must commit to documenting the participation of older people in arts activities resulting from the grant, take part in evaluation and present their learning with other HOP network members.
  • Project activity must be complete by 18 September 2019.

Applicants agree to take part in the following:

  • A short presentation about their project after completion
  • Photography session commissioned by HOP
  • Evaluation

Download the application form here: HOP-Pot-Application-Form-May-2019

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

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2019.

Please submit your application by the deadline specified to emma.riley@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk or by post to Emma Riley, World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EN.