The Local Connections Fund is a new £4 million fund made up of £2 million from the Government and £2 million from The National Lottery Community Fund, to support charities and community groups in England with an annual income of £50,000 or less which are working to reduce loneliness by helping people feel more connected.
The National Lottery Community Fund will be used for hundreds of small grants worth between £300 and £2,500. It will be split into two rounds of funding, each with its own application window, one in January 2021 and one in the summer 2021.
As the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, these investments are designed to help local organisations bring people and communities together.
This will open for applications on 5 January 2021.
Organisations should apply via The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Grants from this round will be distributed and spent by the end of the financial year.