Local Connections Fund

The new £4 million Local Connections Fund, funded by the Government and the National Lottery Community Fund, will soon be opening for grants to help bring people and communities together as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

Local voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations with an annual income of £50,000 or less can apply for grants of between £300 and £2,500 to:

  • Build relationships in and across communities to help reduce loneliness and build connections between people and communities
  • Bring together organisations who are working on social connections to celebrate their work, share learning and best practice, and form/bring together peer networks.

This is to help make:

  • People and communities feel more connected.
  • Individuals feel supported and less lonely or isolated.
  • People more aware of services available that help them to connect with others and get involved.
  • Organisations learn from each other.

The grants can be used for a number of different things including staff salaries, volunteer expenses, management costs, overheads, small-scale equipment and small-scale venue improvements.

There will be two funding rounds, with the first opening 5 January and closing on 26 January.

Find out more here.

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