Building Connections fund

16th July 2018

Big Lottery Fund, Building Connections, deadline 24 August 2018 (12 noon)

The £11.5 million Building Connections Fund is a partnership between Government, Big Lottery Fund and the Co-op Foundation which was set up in response to the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness to support projects that prevent or reduce loneliness.

This fund aims to:

  • increase social connections, helping people form strong and meaningful relationships and creating a sense of community and belonging, and helping people feel more connected
  • support organisations to build on their existing work, e.g. by reaching more people, or working in a new area or with a different method or group of people
  • encourage organisations to join up with others locally
  • improve the evidence base and use learning to inform longer term policy and funding decisions.

Main fund

The main fund is currently open for applications. Grants of £30,000 to £100,000 are available for organisations with existing projects that are already helping to build connections to prevent or reduce loneliness and want to do more to build on this work. The funder is “interested in funding projects that could reach more people and/or join up with others and include ways of utilising existing expertise in the sector, increasing geographical reach and improving impact.”

The deadline to apply to the main fund is 24 August 2018 (12 noon).

Youth strand

Grants of up to £80,000 will be available through the youth strand.

Applications will open in August 2018. Further details are available on the Co-op Foundation blog.


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