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.
The 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, eg 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.
Applications are now open. The deadline for applications is Friday 24 August by 12 noon. Awards will be made by December 2018 and projects can be funded until March 2021.