£4 million fund to help community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness


The Local Connections Fund is a new £4 million fund to help charities and community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities.

This will be used to fund hundreds of ‘microgrants’ between £300 and £2,500, so small, local organisations (with an annual income of £50,000 or less) can bring people and communities together.

The funding will help to bring people together in safe and secure ways – including by covering the costs of technologies and equipment that will help people feel more connected within their communities. The funding is to:

  • build relationships in and across communities to help reduce loneliness and build connections between people and communities
  • bring together organisations who are working on social connections to celebrate their work, share learning and best practice, and form/bring together peer networks.

Funding can also be used to help strengthen organisations and their services through, for example, training and development.

“People understand what’s needed in their communities better than anyone. We know that different groups within different communities have different needs and so will need different levels of support. We want to hear directly from organisations as to who, in their community, needs additional assistance.”

About The Fund

Area: England.

Suitable for: Small local charities and grassroots groups (with an annual income of £50,000 or less) working to tackle loneliness by helping people feel more connected within their communities. Types of organisations eligable include:

  • voluntary or community organisations
  • registered charities
  • not-for-profit companies or Community Interest Companies
  • faith groups (but we cannot fund religious activities)
  • constituted groups or clubs.

Funding size: Between £300 and £2,500.

Application deadline: The first round closes on 26 January 2021. The second round of funding will launch in the summer of 2021.

Read more about this funding opportunity.

About the Author:

Keir is a project officer based in Semble's Bristol office. Most of his time is spent on two of our movement campaigns, Outdoor Classroom Day and Backyard Nature. One of Keir’s main interests is food equality and outside of Semble he runs a small community food waste project.

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