Funding of between £30,000 and £100,000 is available to support projects that prevent or reduce loneliness and help people, communities and local services connect in a variety of different ways.
The fund is split into two strands
All grants will be made by December 2018 and can run until March 2021, by which time all money must be spent. You can apply to both strands, however you cannot receive funding for the same project.
Main Fund Strand
The main fund is made up of close to £9 million, which will be distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, making grants of between £30,000 and £100,000. It is open for applications now.
Big are offering funding to organisations with existing projects that are already helping to build connections to prevent or reduce loneliness and want to do more to build on this work. We are interested in funding projects that could reach more people and join up with others and include ways of utilising existing expertise in the sector, increasing geographical reach and improving impact.
Funding must be spent on activities that will directly prevent or reduce loneliness and help to build connections between individuals and communities. This includes revenue costs such as staff salaries, marketing, training, equipment, project activities, and venue hire. You can also apply for up to 30% of your funding for capital costs to buy, maintain or improve fixed assets that are linked to travel and transport.
The Youth Strand is made up of £2 million, which will be distributed by the Co-op Foundation, making grants of up to £80,000. It will open for applications in August 2018 – find out more on the Co-op Foundation blog.
The Youth Strand will be open to organisations with existing youth-focussed activities that could be effective at 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 existing provision, and share their learning as part of a national network. You will be supported to evaluate your activities and capture your impact, which will add to the evidence base.