The Government has made a major effort to tackle loneliness during the coronavirus outbreak and period of social distancing, by launching a Fund which will make grants of between £500,000 and £1,000,000.
The plan will aim to ensure that, for people of all ages and backgrounds, staying at home does not need to lead to loneliness.
As part of this plan, national organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections are invited to apply for a share of £5 million of funding, which the government is investing to help them to continue and adapt their critical work.
This funding is for services that:
• can demonstrate their ability to reach people in ‘cold spots’ where informal neighbourly support and small local charities are not able to fully meet needs around social connection
• serve the needs of groups particularly at risk of loneliness.
• provision where there is a track record of successful delivery
• cannot be provided without this additional funding
Services must meet all of these aims to be eligible for this funding.
The Fund will close at 12 pm on Friday, 29 May 2020.