Earlier this month the government announced it would be allocating £11 million to charities through its Building Connections initiative to tackle loneliness and isolation. Part of this funding is now open for applications through the Big Lottery. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 24 August and the funding will be announced in December 2018, with funding for projects until March 2021. The youth-focused funding through the Co-operative Foundation will open for applications in August.
Big Lottery – The main fund
The Big Lottery confirms that almost £9 million will be distributed through them and they will support projects already working to prevent or reduce loneliness to increase their impact.
Grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 will be available for projects which reach out to people of all ages who feel lonely or isolated, and encourage them to take part in activities, helping them to feel more connected.
This could include making the most of community spaces, improving access to transport, using digital technology, or joining up local services to have a bigger reach.
To find out more and apply, see the Big Lottery website.
Co-op Foundation – The youth fund
The remaining £2 million from the £11.5 million Building Connections Fund will be distributed by the Co-op Foundation, the UK’s leading funder of projects tackling youth loneliness.
Grants of up to £80,000 will be available for youth organisations already helping young people avoid long-term loneliness.
Successful applicants will receive funding to explore youth loneliness in greater depth, test youth-led innovations within their current services, and share learning as part of the Co-op Foundation’s national Belong network of youth partners.
Applications to this youth-focused strand of the Building Connections Fund will open in August 2018. Guidance and criteria are available on the Co-op Foundation website.