The Local Connections Fund is a new £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.
This will be used to fund hundreds of ‘microgrants’ between £300 and £2,500, so small, local organisations (with an annual income of £50,000 or less) can bring people and communities together.
The Local Connections Fund will be split into two equal rounds of funding. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will provide the first £2 million round of funding – which will be distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. This first round will be open for applications on 5 January 2021 and close on 26 January 2021.
Successful applicants for this round of funding must have spent the money and finished their project by 31 March 2021.
The second round of funding will be provided by The National Lottery Community Fund and will launch in the summer of 2021.
Grants from the first round of funding will strengthen and develop small and micro organisations that connect communities together and reduce loneliness.
What the funding’s for
The funding will help to bring people together in safe and secure ways – including by covering the costs of technologies and equipment that will help people feel more connected within their communities.
Funding can also be used to help strengthen organisations and their services through, for example, training and development.
People understand what’s needed in their communities better than anyone. We know that different groups within different communities have different needs and so will need different levels of support. We want to hear directly from organisations as to who, in their community, needs additional assistance. Check this page for further details as info becomes available: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/local-connections-fund#section-1