Charities and community groups have been invited to apply for up to £2,500 in grant funding to support services aimed at reducing loneliness.
Launched by The National Lottery Community Fund in collaboration with central Government, the £4 million Local Connections Fund opens for applications in January 2021.
According to the scheme details, community projects, such as book clubs, walking groups and other charitable organisations, can apply for small grants worth between £300 and £2,500.
Each grant will aim to help local organisations “bring people and communities together as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic”.
To apply, your small charity must be based in England and have an annual income of £50,000 or less.
The scheme will be split into two rounds of funding, with the second tranche available in “summer 2021”.
Commenting on the initiative, Elly De Decker, Director of England Funding at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “Small organisations are making a big difference, often on only small sums of money – supporting individuals to connect, reducing feelings of isolation, and helping communities thrive.”
Minister for Civil Society, Baroness Barran, added: “By investing directly in local charities and organisations, the £4 million Local Connections Fund will get support to where it’s needed quickly and help bring people together through shared interests, so that no one needs to feel isolated in the months ahead.”
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