Building partnerships to combat loneliness

17 July, 2018


Following the Prime Minister's wider endorsement of the Jo Cox Commission recommendations on Loneliness in January 2018, the £11.5 million Building Connections Fund has been set up to support projects that are able to prevent or reduce loneliness.

Grants of £30,000 to £100,000 will be made, to be spent by March 2021. The Main Fund deadline is 24th August.

Main fund strand; the main fund is made up of close to £9 million, which will be distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, making grants of between £30,000 and £100,000. It is open for applications now.

Youth Strand; the Youth Strand is made up of £2 million, which will be distributed by the Co-op Foundation, making grants of up to £80,000. It will open for applications in August 2018 – find out more on the Co-op Foundation blog.

A key theme for both funds will be joining up existing provision and developing partnerships. If you'd be interested in support to identify potential partners and set up your partnership well, contact Mark Hubbard on


To find out more about the fund, click here

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