The Local Connections Fund is a new £4 million fund to help charities and community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery Community Fund are investing £2 million each.

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 first round of funding opened for applications on 5 January 2021 and closes on 26 January 2021.

Successful applicants for this round of funding must have spent the money and finished their project by 31 March 2021.

Groups can bid directly, however, it would be helpful if you could possibly let us know if you decide to submit a bid, as we are getting information regarding other funding opportunities at the moment and we may be able to connect you to other funding sources.

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If you wish to get in contact with us please contact your local Community Engagement Officer, you can find their contact details by clicking here.