Charities and community groups in England can now apply for a share of close to £9 million aimed at tackling loneliness by building strong social connections and welcoming communities.
The money is from the £11.5 million Building Connections Fund announced on 19 June by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, and lead Minister for Tackling Loneliness, Tracey Crouch, in response to the Jo Cox Commission’s recommendations on Loneliness.
Almost £9 million will be distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, and will support projects already working to prevent or reduce loneliness to increase their impact.
Grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 will be available for projects which reach out to people of all ages who feel lonely or isolated, and encourage them to take part in activities, helping them to feel more connected.
This could include making the most of community spaces, improving access to transport, using digital technology, or joining up local services to have a bigger reach.
The money will also support the collecting and sharing of evidence and learning to increase understanding about what works to tackle loneliness.
Applications opened Monday 16 July and will close on Friday 24 August.
Guidance and criteria are available on the Big Lottery Fund website