Building Connections Fund

Funding of between £30,000 and £100,000 is available to support projects that prevent or reduce loneliness and help people, communities and local services connect in a variety of different ways.

Note: Once you've started your application you must complete it in one go, so take your time to read the questions you'll be asked before you start and write these answers offline rather than typing them into this form directly.

Other ways to apply

We’re available Monday–Friday from 9am to 4pm to answer questions about applying, or if you need the application materials in an alternative format.

  • Telephone: 0345 4 10 20 30
  • Textphone: 18001 plus 0345 4 10 20 30 (for those with a hearing or speech impairment)
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Questions you'll be asked

1. Your current work

How is your current work helping to prevent or reduce loneliness?

  • Describe the work you are currently delivering and how it helps to build connections to prevent or reduce loneliness
  • Describe what impact your work has made on tackling loneliness so far, e.g. evidence of the difference it is making, the impact on people and communities and how many people are currently benefiting
  • Tell us how you know your approach is working, about your organisation’s experience and the skills of your staff.
Suggested answer length: At least three paragraphs.

2. Your project idea

What is the name of your project?

What is the project you would like funding for, and why is it needed in your area?

  • Describe your project idea and why is it needed in your area
  • Tell us how many people approximately will benefit from this project and who they might be
  • Tell us about how you will reach people in the community and make your project inclusive
Suggested answer length: A couple of paragraphs.

How will you increase your impact by reaching more people and/or joining up in collaboration with others?

  • Describe the additional support you will be able to offer with the funding
  • Describe the groups, organisations, and stakeholders you work with within your area that ensure you are fully connected in tackling loneliness
  • Tell us about how you will ensure that the impact is sustained after this funding finishes
Suggested answer length: A couple of paragraphs.

3. Project activities

Provide a brief outline of your delivery plan, including the main activities and milestones that will demonstrate your achievements

If your project ends before March 2021 only fill out the fields for the period your project will run until.

What do you hope to achieve for the period until March 2019?

Suggested answer length: A couple of paragraphs.

What do you hope to achieve for the period from April 2019–March 2020?

Suggested answer length: A couple of paragraphs.

What do you hope to achieve for the period April 2020–March 2021?

Suggested answer length: A couple of paragraphs.

4. Building social connections

How will the project help to build or increase social connections and relationships between individuals and communities?

  • Describe how the project will increase social connections, sense of community and/or belonging
  • Describe how people and communities are involved in the project
  • Describe your plans for supporting connections in the future after the funding stops
Suggested answer length: A couple of paragraphs.

5. Evaluation and impact

How will your project help you improve your learning and understand more about the impact you are making?

  • Describe how your project will help add to collective evidence and learning about what works in preventing or reducing loneliness
  • Describe the types of information you are going to collect
  • Describe how your approach will build on previous learning
Suggested answer length: A couple of paragraphs.

6. Project location

What regions will your project cover?

Choose all that apply: North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, Greater London, South East, South West

Where will your project take place?

7. Your project budget

How much grant funding are you applying for in total?

The minimum grant size is £30,000 and the maximum available is £100,000.

  • We need a breakdown of how you plan to use our funding, so please tell us about full details of all the costs involved, including the salary and hours of key delivery staff, and any other funding that will be used for this project, where it’s from and if it has been secured.
  • Projects do not have to be a set length of time but must be finished by March 2021 and start by January 2019.
  • If your project ends before March 2021 only fill out the fields for the period your project will run until.

How much of the requested amount do you plan to spend for the period until March 2019?

What do you plan to spend the money on for the period until March 2019?

Please note that we require you to spend a minimum of 20% of your whole budget in the first three months of the project. We will ask you to evidence this in April 2019.

Suggested answer length: A couple of paragraphs.

How much of the requested amount do you plan to spend for the period until April 2019–March 2020?

What do you plan to spend the money on for the period from April 2019–March 2020?

Suggested answer length: A couple of paragraphs.

How much of the requested amount do you plan to spend for the period until April 2020–March 2021?

What do you plan to spend the money on for the period April 2020–March 2021?

Suggested answer length: A couple of paragraphs.

8. Your organisation

Organisation legal name

If your application is successful we will use this address to send out a conditional offer letter and it will also be used for checks.

Building and street

Town or city

County

Postcode

Registered charity number

Companies House number

9. Main contact

Who should we contact if we have questions about your application?

First name

Last name

Email address

Phone number

After your application is submitted

You will be sent a copy of your submission via email. This information will be reviewed by a team of Big Lottery Fund staff which will decide whether the idea is something we can fund.