Charities and other not for profit organisations have until 5pm on the 26th September 2018 to apply for grants of up to £80,000 to tackle youth loneliness in the 30% most deprived part of England. Successful applicants will receive funding to explore youth loneliness in greater depth, test youth-led innovations within their existing provision, and share their learning as part of a national network.
The funding is being made available through the Big Lottery Fund’s Building Connections Fund Youth strand and will be delivered by the Co-op Foundation. The total amount of funding available is £2 million.
Grants can also support projects that mainly benefit young people with any one or more of the following circumstances:
- Being a carer
- Being unemployed or precariously employed
- Experiencing bereavement
- Having a disability or long-term health condition
- Having been in the care system.
Organisations can apply for up to £80,000, as follows:
- Up to £10,000 (to be spent between December 2018 and March 2019) to engage young people in co-designing innovations to improve the impact of existing provision on tackling loneliness
- Up to £70,000 (to be spent between April 2019 and March 2021) to implement and evaluate these innovations.
Successful applicants will be announced in December 2018.