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Funding Group Surgery: Local Connections Fund

13/01/2021 @ 11:00 - 12:00

SCC is launching a new series of funding meetings where organisations can come together to start completing a specific application form online. We start by looking at the Local Connections Fund

How it works:

The meeting will start with a very short introduction to the fund, followed by 10minutes of questions. We will then go through the application form, question by question and look at what you could include in each answer. You will be encouraged to contribute and share your answers as part of a group discussion.

More information about the Local Connections Fund

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

What the funding’s for

The funding will help to bring people together in safe and secure ways – including by covering the costs of technologies and equipment that will help people feel more connected within their communities.

Funding can also be used to help strengthen organisations and their services through, for example, training and development.

People understand what’s needed in their communities better than anyone. We know that different groups within different communities have different needs and so will need different levels of support. We want to hear directly from organisations as to who, in their community, needs additional assistance. There will be two funding rounds in 2021. The opening date for the first round is 5th January 2021

Boom your place here

Area: England only

Suitable for: Small local charities and grassroots groups working to tackle loneliness by helping people feel more connected within their communities – organisations with an income of under £50k

Total available: £2 million in phase 1 – successful applicants must spend their grants and have completed their projects by 31 March 2021

Application deadline: 26 January 2021

Guest Speaker: Tim King, Fundraising Manager, The National Lottery Community Fund

Facilitator: Amy Walton and Rita Chadha (SCC)

Boom your place here


11:00 - 12:00