Co-op Foundation Space to Connect Grants – open until 31 July 2019

Article date
16 July 2019
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Space to Connect is a partnership between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
(DMCS) and the Co-op Foundation. It builds on the commitment to unlock the potential of
community spaces as part of the Government’s loneliness strategy.

Grants are available to help community organisations identify, improve and protect community spaces in England where people can connect and cooperate. Work should be completed between October 2019 and March 2020. There are two strands of funding.


Grants for organisations that are already using a community space in an innovative and creative way, and that want to expand activities and embed sustainable ways of working to build a more secure future. The funding amount for Enhance grants is between £30,000 and £50,000 for revenue and capital funding. They expect to make 8 to 12 grants across the country.


Grants for organisations that want to start exploring ways that local challenges could be addressed through better use of space, and/or identify potential spaces that could be opened up to community use. The funding amount for Explore grants is up to £10,000. This is for revenue funding only (not capital costs).

Eligibility criteria

Applications will be considered from UK-based charities, social enterprises and other voluntary and community organisations that do not mainly aim to generate profits for private distribution. To be eligible, organisations must:

  • have a constitution;
  • have a UK bank account in the organisation’s name;
  • have at least two unconnected people on the board or management committee;
  • already use or run a community space.

Applications are welcome from organisations working in partnership, including projects joining up with public and/or private sector organisations, provided they are led by a voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation.