Local Connections Fund

Round 2 deadline 6th August 2021

Grants are available for small local voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in England that are working to reduce loneliness and isolation by bringing people and communities together as the country recovers from the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

The total budget is £4 million which will be divided into £2 million per round. The budget will be split between regions according to population.

Grants of between £300 and £2,500 are available.

Round 2 will focus on:

  • activities that physically bring people together in a safe and secure way
  • remote activities (when this is the best or only way for people to build connections) – for example, remote activities may benefit people who are geographically isolated, people with illnesses or disabilities, or those who are not quite ready to meet people in face-to-face settings
  • helping individuals to get out of the ‘lockdown mentality’ and meet people in their communities again
  • helping organisations who work to reduce loneliness restart their activities – for example, cleaning and refreshing meeting spaces or refreshing materials, and ensuring equipment is ready to be used.

click here for more information on the NLCF website.