The Prime Minister announced this week that charities and community groups will get £20 million of new funding to help isolated people and those suffering from loneliness.
The funding will go towards supporting and expanding programmes that bring people together and are proving to benefit communities and includes a new £11 million Building Connections Fund. This fund will be used to help make the most of local spaces, such as by opening them up for community use, and helping businesses and local services working to combat isolation. It will also fund projects that use technology to link those in remote areas and help improve transport connections to make face-to-face contact easier. It will also support groups to understand the impact of their work and share best practice about how to prevent loneliness.
The fund has been created as a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund and the Government, each having equally pledged £5 million, and the Co-op Foundation, which has allocated £1 million to tackle loneliness among young people.
In addition to the new Building Connections Fund, People’s Postcode Lottery has committed £5 million of players’ money to top up existing grants it has given to charities that combat loneliness. The Health Lottery (distributed via the People’s Health Trust) will also give out £4 million to charities that work to improve social links in disadvantaged areas across England.
Funding applications for the Building Connections Fund will open from July 2018 with grants available until the end of December 2020.
RVA will keep you posted with more details when they become available.