UK GOV | Building Connections Fund – July Release Announced

£20 million investment to help tackle loneliness

Charities and community groups will get £20 million of new funding to help isolated people and those suffering from loneliness, Prime Minister Theresa May said today.

The funding will go to support and expand programmes that bring people together and are proving to benefit communities.

This includes a new £11 million ‘Building Connections Fund’ that will be distributed to successful applicants that can help bring communities together, and is part of Jo Cox’s legacy. This will help make the most of local spaces, opening them up for community use, as well as help businesses and local services combat isolation. It will also fund projects that use technology to link those in remote areas and help improve transport connections to make face-to-face contact easier.

Funding applications for the Building Connections Fund will open from July 2018 with grants available until the end of December 2020.