The Local Connections Fund opens for applications on 5 January 2021.

This new £4 million fund is for 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.

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

There will be two funding rounds in 2021. The opening date for the first round is 5 January 2021.

Grants are open to organisations in England with an income of under £50k only. Successful applicants must spend their grants and have completed their projects by 31 March 2021

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To apply

Once the fund opens on 5 January, will be able to apply via an online application form. See their website for more details. 

You should get a decision from the funder by late January, early February 2021.

Deadline: 26 January 2021