Building Connections Fund Youth Strand

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Grants are available for not-for profit organisations to expand or enhance loneliness projects which benefit groups of young people within the most deprived 30% areas of England.

The £2 million Youth Strand is made up of £1 million from Government and £1 million match funding from the Co-op Foundation.

The Fund, which is managed by the Co-op Foundation, is open to organisations with existing youth-focused activities that could be effective at helping young people avoid long-term loneliness. Successful applicants will receive funding to explore youth loneliness in more depth, test youth-led innovations within their existing provision and share learning as part of a national network.

The fund can also support projects based in any part of England which mainly benefit young people with any one or more of the following circumstances:

  • Being a carer
  • Being unemployed or precariously employed
  • Experiencing bereavement
  • Having a disability or long-term health condition
  • Having been in the care system.

The Youth Strand is part of the £11.5 million Building Connections Fund, which is a partnership between Government, Big Lottery Fund and the Co-op Foundation, and was set up in response to the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness to support projects in England that prevent or reduce loneliness.

The Building Connections Fund aims to:

  • Increase social connections and create a sense of community and belonging, helping people form strong and meaningful relationships and feel more connected.
  • Support organisations to build on their existing work.
  • Encourage organisations to join up with others locally.
  • Improve the evidence base and use learning to inform longer-term policy and funding decisions.

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