What is a community of interest

A community of interest is a group of people who have a shared identity or experiences. and wish to come together to address issues that are important to them.

These communities may be:

  • Protected under the Equality Act 2010 because of age, disability, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender reassignment or religion or belief.
  • People who share a particular identity of common experience, for example ex-offenders, D/deaf people, young carers tenants, care leavers, and people who have experienced homelessness.

Why do we fund communities of interest

We know that treatment of particular groups of people can mean that they are disadvantaged and this can contribute to significant differences in mental and physical health. There are some stark inequalities in the average life expectancy across different population groups. For example, homeless women and men live 38 and 31 years fewer years respectively than women and men on average. People with learning disabilities also have shorter lives than the average, by 23 years among men and 27 years among women.

Find out more about applying for funding as a community of interest.

Find out more about health inequalities and specific communities of interest:

Black, Asian and minority ethnic




We are reviewing the language we use to describe different groups as we learn more from our funded partners and independent research. If you would like to be involved in our research, have any questions or feedback or want to be alerted when we publish new pages on communities of interests, please contact us at [email protected]