Local Connections Fund - Now Open

Posted: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 12:13

Local Connections Fund - Now Open

The Local Connections Fund is through the National Lottery Community Fund. It's focus is on supporting:

  • Activities that physically bring people together in a safe and secure way.
  • Remote activities (when this is the best or only way for people to build connections) - for example, remote activities may benefit people who are geographically isolated, people with illnesses or disabilities, or those who are not quite ready to meet people in face-to-face settings.
  • Helping individuals to get out of the 'lockdown mentality' and meet people in their communities again.
  • Helping organisations who work to reduce loneliness restart their activities - for example, cleaning and refreshing meeting spaces or refreshing materials, and ensuring equipment is ready to be used.

The Local Connections Fund is a £4 million fund to help charities and community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities.

Grants awarded will be between £300 and £2,500, so small, local organisations (with an annual income of £50,000 or less) can bring people and communities together.

Organisations can still apply, even if they already have existing grants with The National Lottery Community Fund. But you cannot apply for costs which have been funded by other means, including Government or National Lottery funding.

The fund reopens: 28th June 2021.

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