Funding applications are open for the £11.5 million Building Connections Fund, for projects that prevent or reduce loneliness. The application deadline is 24 August 2018.
The fund is a partnership between Government, Big Lottery Fund and the Co-op Foundation which was set up in response to the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.
The fund aims to:
- increase social connections, helping people form strong and meaningful relationships and creating a sense of community and belonging, and helping people feel more connected
- support organisations to build on their existing work, eg by reaching more people, or working in a new area or with a different method or group of people
- encourage organisations to join up with others locally
- improve the evidence base and use learning to inform longer term policy and funding decisions.
Voluntary or community organisations can apply for £30,000 to £100,000 of funding for their projects.