18 May 2020
Government Launches Loneliness Covid-19 Grant Fund for England
Funding for national organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections in England so that they can continue and adapt their work.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s £5 million Loneliness Covid-19 Grant Fund is providing grants of between £500,000 and £1 million. The Government will not fund more than 20% of an organisation’s turnover through direct grants (and not more than 50% through grants made by umbrella organisations),
The funding is for national organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections so that they can continue and adapt their critical work. Applications will be considered from charities or benevolent and philanthropic organisations providing frontline services.
The scheme will fund:
- Frontline services which provide immediate, targeted relief for those at risk of or suffering from loneliness due to Covid-19.
- Proportionate costs associated with the activity around increasing the evidence base around loneliness and Covid-19, and sharing best practice.
- Proportionate administrative costs associated with the activity.
- Costs for delivery of the activity, including salaries and on costs.
- Proportionate costs for IT equipment and training to encourage digital inclusion and permit digital delivery of services, up to the limit for capital assets within applicant’s accounts.
- Umbrella organisations who wish to give funding to local organisations underneath them.
80% of funding must be spent by 31 October 2020, and all funding must be spent by 31 December 2020.
The deadline for applications is 12pm Friday 29 May 2020.