National Lottery Communities Fund – Local Connections Fund

The second round of the Local Connections Fund will offer grants of between £300 and £2,500 to small, constituted voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations with an annual income of £50,000 or less.

Round Two focuses on:

  • Activities which physically brings people together in a safe and secure way
  • Remote activities but where this is the best or only way to build connections for that particular community – this might work well for people who are geographically isolated, those with illnesses or disabilities, or those who are not quite ready to meet people face-to-face
  • Helping individuals to get out of the ‘lockdown mentality’ and meet people in their communities again for activities which will be a positive experience for people
  • Helping organisations who work to reduce loneliness restart activities – this might be getting volunteers or service users to clean and refresh their meeting space or grounds, or refreshing materials and ensuring equipment is ready to be used.

Please note – if you were awarded funding in Round 1, you cannot apply to Round 2.

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Deadline for applications : 6 August 2021, 5pm

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