National Lottery Local Connections Fund

A new National Lottery Fund aimed at reducing loneliness will open for applications on 5 January 2021.

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 that small, local organisations (with an annual income of £50,000 or less) can bring people and communities together.

The first round of funding will be open for applications on 5 January and close on 26 January 2021. Successful applicants must have spent the money and finished their project by 31 March 2021. A second round will follow in the summer.

Find out more on the National Lottery Community Fund website.

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