A couple of weeks remain to apply for the main Building Connections Fund and applications are now being accepted for the youth strand.

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.

The deadline for applications for between £30,000 and £100,000 to the main strand are being accepted until Friday, August 24.

The youth strand for up to £80,000 opened for applications today (August 15).

The fund is split into two strands

All grants will be made by December 2018 and can run until March 2021, by which time all money must be spent. You can apply to both strands, however you cannot receive funding for the same project.

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.

It offers funding to organisations with existing projects that are already helping to build connections to prevent or reduce loneliness and want to do more to build on this work.  There is also interest in funding projects that could reach more people and / or join up with others and include ways of utilising existing expertise in the sector, increasing geographical reach and improving impact.

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 is open for applications now.

The Youth strand is open to organisations with existing youth-focussed activities that could be effective at helping young people avoid long-term loneliness. Successful applicants will receive funding to explore youth loneliness in greater depth, test youth-led innovations within their existing provision, and share their learning as part of a national network. You will be supported to evaluate your activities and capture your impact, which will add to the evidence base.

How we can help

Lincolnshire Community and  Voluntary Service can support organisations in their search for funding and to become fit for funding. Most of our support is provided free. Get in touch: Contact LCVS