A new funding stream will open from July 2018 and run until the end of December 2020 distributing grants to charities and community groups to support work that bring people together, benefits individuals and society and helps to make connections within communities. The funding will be comprised of:
- A new ‘Building Connections Fund’ £11 million fund – made up of £5 million each from the UK Government and Big Lottery Fund plus £1 million pledged by the Co-op Foundation specifically aiming to tackle loneliness among young people.
- £5 million from Peoples Postcode Lottery to top up existing grants to charities working to tackle loneliness
- £4 million from the Health Lottery distributed to charities that work to improve social links in disadvantaged areas across England.
It is anticipated that the Building Connections Fund will help make the most of local spaces by opening them up for community use and help businesses and local services to combat isolation. It will also fund projects that use technology to link those in remote areas and help improve transport connections to make face-to-face contact easier. The funding will also support groups to understand the impact of their work and share best practice about how to prevent loneliness.
Funding applications for the Building Connections Fund will open from July 2018 with grants available until the end of December 2020.