You can apply via our online application form.
You should get a decision from us by late January, early February 2021
We need this time to assess your application and decide who to award funding to.
If it's difficult or impossible for you to complete an application form
You can contact us if you have any communication support needs. We’re happy to talk about alternative ways for you to tell us about your idea.
What information you need to apply
We ask for the contact details, home addresses and dates of birth of two different people from your organisation.
- a ‘senior contact’ - this is the person who’s legally responsible for your grant (this could be the most senior person in your organisation)
- the ‘main contact’ - this is the person we’ll contact about this application (this might be the person filling in your application).
These two people cannot be:
- related by blood
- married to each other
- in a civil partnership with each other
- in a long-term relationship with each other
- living together at the same address.
Both contacts need different email addresses and both need to live in the UK.
We ask for the legal name of your organisation, its address, and what type of organisation it is
The legal name is the name on your governing document. Your governing document could be called one of several things - a constitution, trust deed, memorandum and articles of association, or something else entirely.
You might find it on a registration website - for example, Companies House or a Charities Register.
Make sure these details are up to date and match up with any information or identity documents we ask for (when you get to the application part).
We ask for information about your organisation’s accounts
We want to know the date your accounts wrap up each year and how much income you have.
If you do not have yearly accounts because you’re a new organisation (less than 15 months old), that’s okay. We can still look at your application.
We ask for a bank statement from the last three months
It should show:
- your organisation's legal name
- address the statements are sent to
- your bank's name
- the account number and sort code
- the date the statement was issued.
We cannot pay into all bank accounts: We cannot transfer money into certain types of bank accounts like Tide, Cashplus and Paypal. This is because your bank account needs to be a registered UK bank.
What we'll ask you about your project
We ask you for information about what sort of project you’d like to do and how your project will help and involve your community. We'll ask you these three questions. (We'll have more detail about these on the form itself.)
1. What would you like to do?
You'll be able to write up to 300 words for this section, but don’t worry if you use less.
2. How does your project meet at least one of our funding priorities?
The Local Connections Fund has two funding priorities, please tell us how your project will meet at least one of these:
- build relationships in and across communities to help reduce loneliness and build connections between people and communities.
- bring together organisations who are working on social connections to celebrate their work, share learning and best practice, and form/bring together peer networks.
You can tell us if your project meets more than one priority, but don't worry if it doesn't.
You'll be able to write up to 150 words for this section, but don’t worry if you use less.
3. How does your project involve your community?
You'll be able to write up to 200 words for this section, but don’t worry if you use less.
We also ask you to read and agree to our terms and conditions
You can read the terms and conditions.
If you’re not sure about the sort of things we ask for when you apply
You can read our Data Protection statement to see how we use the personal data you give us.
How to apply
When you click on Apply, you’ll start your application. This will consist of:
- Eligibility checker
- Form 1: Your idea
- Form 2: Bank account details.
You must complete all to submit your application.
Before you start, have your bank account details ready to fill in Form 2 straight after filling in Form 1: Your idea.
Please note - once you've completed and submitted Form 1, you will not be able to return to change anything on Form 1, even if you're still on Form 2.
What happens after you apply?
- You send us your application – we’ll assess it on a first come, first served basis. During this time, we'll look at your idea and do our security checks. You can find out more about the checks we do.
- If your application is successful – we'll send you an email with the good news. You can start your project as soon as you get this email, if you want to. And we’ll put the funding in your bank account within 14 days (or sooner if possible).
- You can start spending the funding on your project – you have up until the 31 March 2021 to complete your plans and spend the grant. We might check in from time to time – to see how things are going.
- Share your story – let people know about your grant and the amazing work you are doing in your community. Sharing news about your project with your community can be a great way to keep them involved and engaged. Find out how to share your story and download the logo.
- We may contact some grant holders partway through their grant – we may ask for your receipts or other updates to show how things are going.
- We'll contact you at the end of your funding – and ask you to send us stories pictures and videos which show us what you’ve done and who you’ve worked with. You may like to provide us with a case study, a brief report, pictures of your work, a video or a newspaper article. All of these are great opportunities to promote the great work you do and showcase your organisation.
- If your application is unsuccessful – if we cannot fund your applications, we’ll let you know as soon as we can. We're sorry but we cannot give feedback due to the volume of applications we're expecting. Remember, you can make a further application in phase 2 if you do not get funding in phase 1.
What happens when?
The following dates are approximate:
|Applications for phase 1 opens||5 January 2021|
|Applications for phase 1 closes||26 January 2021|
|Decision made and payments made||late January, early February 2021|
|Funded activity takes place||February to March 2021|
|Progress update||approximately halfway through the activity period|
|All funds must have been spent and all activities completed||31 March 2021|
|End of grant learning||31 March to mid-April 2021|
The timeline for phase 2 will be agreed nearer the time.