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Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Funding to tackle youth loneliness – Big Lottery/Co-op

Charities and other not for profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £80,000 to tackle youth loneliness in the 30% most deprived parts of England.  Successful applicants will receive funding to explore youth loneliness in greater depth, test youth-led innovations within their existing provision, and share their learning as part of a national network.

The funding is being made available through the Big Lottery Fund’s Building Connections Fund Youth strand and will be delivered by the Co-op Foundation.  The total amount of funding available is £2 million.

Grants can also support projects that 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.

Organisations can apply for up to £80,000, as follows:

  • Up to £10,000 (to be spent between December 2018 and March 2019) to engage young people in co-designing innovations to improve the impact of existing provision on tackling loneliness
  • Up to £70,000 (to be spent between April 2019 and March 2021) to implement and evaluate these innovations.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 26th September 2018. Successful applicants will be announced in December 2018.

Further information on this fund from the Co-op blog.

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