- Government launches £2 million grant fund for organisations tackling loneliness
- New funding comes one year since publication of landmark Loneliness Strategy
- Builds on existing £11.5 million Building Connections Fund and support for community space and tech projects
A new £2 million fund is being launched to help organisations at the frontline of tackling loneliness across the country, Minister for Civil Society Baroness Barran has announced this week.
The funding aims to support frontline, grassroots organisations that bring people together and help them build social connections. These could include community cafés, street parties, coffee mornings or local walking groups.
The investment will help small organisations promote themselves more widely, help fund the use of suitable venues and accessible transport, and bring established groups together to best serve local people at risk of loneliness.
More details about the fund, eligibility and how to apply will be announced soon.
Projects need to be within 10 miles of the landfill site at Normanton (WF6 2JA )
Use the location checker to find out if you are eligible…
Registered charities, churches, parish councils, local authorities and CASC registered sports clubs can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 for the provision, maintenance or improvement of community facilities.
This can include village halls and community centres, public play areas; publicly available multi use games areas, skate parks and BMX tracks; sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access; churches – community spaces only; nature reserves; public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access; and Museums.
The funding is being made available through the FCC Community Action Fund and is available to projects located within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment site.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 11th December 2019.
Community, third sector and voluntary groups based in Kirklees, Calderdale or Bradford can apply for up to £1500 in funding
In March 2019, 12 groups from Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford received a share of £10,000 of funding. From September, the fund will be open for applications again, with priority given to projects that fit with Locala’s strategic objectives. These are:
- Supporting carers
- Reducing social isolation
- Opportunities for young people
- The local environment
For details of who can apply, how the fund works and other FAQs, see the Locala website.
To join the mailing list for updates on the community fund, please email email@example.com
Up to £2500 for projects that showcase patient and citizen involvement that improves healthcare
Has your voluntary, community or social enterprise
group done some amazing patient, service user or carer involvement work that
has improved healthcare services?
If so, we want you to tell us about it. In fact, we
want to support you to tell everyone about it!
NHS England and NHS Improvement will be awarding
grants of up to £2500 to a number of projects that showcase good practice
around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare. Applicants will need to
provide details of the successful involvement project they have completed,
along with details of how they plan to use the grant to share and showcase
their work in a creative way.
The grants can only be awarded to a voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation. Please ensure you read the 2019 guidelines for community grant applicants pack before you apply, to check that your organisation and project is eligible.
Apply by Monday 23 September 2019 using the apply now button.
To get an application form in another format such as large print or in Word please email:
You can find out more about previous years’
projects in the community grants section of the Involvement Hub on
the NHS England and NHS Improvement website.
Grants and loans of up to £50k available from The Co-op Foundation and Department of Culture, Media and Sport
Space to Connect Fund – England only
This is a joint DCMS – Co-op Funding opportunity for
community organisations across England looking to improve spaces where people
can connect and co-operate. Organisations can apply for grants of up to
Please note, there are two strands of funding. The ‘Enhance’ strand for existing projects to scale or secure financial sustainability, closes on 31 July; the ‘Explore’ strand for conception stage projects is open for application till 12 August.
Community Space Interest Free Loans – Wales only
Interest-free loans of up to £50,000 are available to help organisations that own or manage a community space in Wales for the benefit of local people and the environment to grow their trading activities and become more sustainable. Funding should help organisations boost their income through viable business ideas so they can benefit the whole community, particularly those facing greater challenges.
The Co-op Foundation is inviting community organisations to apply for funding from its new £1.6m partnership with government to help save, improve and protect 2,000 spaces by 2022. Organisations can register interest and will be contacted by Co-op to discuss opportunities.
Plus inclusion, update on new health & wellbeing initiatives, new TSL Kirklees website & membership package, & new Thriving Kirklees funding.
We’ve decided to keep August’s Members’ Meeting in central Huddersfield so that we can discuss the proposed Kirklees Blueprint for the town centre, and even pop out to look at some of the earmarked sites if necessary. It would be great to be able to pull together some third sector views on the changes.
We’ll also be:
- hearing about inclusion
- getting an update on some of the health and wellbeing initiatives that we heard about at the April meeting
- launching the new TSL Kirklees website & package of member benefits
- finding out about new Thriving Kirklees funding
and of course, we’ll be celebrating Yorkshire Day.
About The Meetings
Our TSL Kirklees Members’ Meetings are held bi-monthly and are an opportunity for our member organisations to get together, share knowledge and experience, and hear from key third sector partners, experts and commissioners about their initiatives and priorities. The meetings are made up of a mixture of speakers, workshops and discussions, networking, and opportunities to promote our services and activities and get help and support from peers. We try our best to make sure it’s two hours well spent and worth the time out of your organisation or community business.
Non-members charities, community and voluntary group and social enterprises are welcome to come along as guests before deciding whether they’d like to join. Our aim is to help develop, support and grow a healthy, active and collaborative third sector in Kirklees. Our membership fees therefore are designed to cover the costs of our meetings and member-only activities and allow as many people as possible to take part.