Round 2 of the Local Connections programme is now closed to applications.
If you submitted an application for Round 2 you should get a decision from us by mid/late September 2021.
What information you need to apply
We ask for:
- the contact details
- home addresses
- dates of birth
of two different people from your organisation.
- a ‘senior contact’ - this is the person who’s legally responsible for your grant and could be chair, vice chair, treasurer, trustee, director or company secretary
- 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.
About your organisation, we ask for:
- the legal name of your organisation
- its address
- 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
- statement address
- your bank's name
- the account number and sort code
- the date the statement was issued.
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.
In this section, it’s important to tell us how you can adapt to meet any COVID-19 restrictions which may be put in place at short notice.
2. How does your project meet our funding priority?
The Local Connections Fund Round 2 has only one funding priority, please tell us how your project will meet this priority of building relationships in and across communities to help reduce loneliness, and build connections between people and communities.
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
Read our terms and conditions.
If your project works with children, young people or adults at risk, you need to have a policy that explains how they’ll be kept safe. Read our safeguarding statement.
If you’re not sure about the sort of things we ask for when you apply
Contact us by:
- Phone: 0345 410 2030
- Text relay: 18001 plus 0345 410 2030 (for those with a hearing or speech impairment)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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’.
Saving a copy of your application
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. Print or save a copy of your application for reference - you will not be able to access it later.
If it's difficult or impossible for you to complete an application form
You can contact us if you have any communication support needs or any difficulties with completing the form. We’re happy to talk about alternative ways for you to tell us about your idea.
What happens after you apply?
1. 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. Find out more about the checks we do.
2. If your application is unsuccessful - if we cannot fund your application, 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.
3. 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. We’ll put the funding in your bank account within 14 days (or sooner if possible). Some credit unions and building societies may take a little longer.
4. You can start spending the funding on your project - you have up until 30 November 2021 to complete your plans and spend the grant. We might check in from time to time - to see how things are going. We know that plans can change. If this happens, contact us.
5. During your project - we encourage grantholders to share stories about the work they’re doing whilst the work is taking place. It’s a great opportunity to 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.
6. 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.
7. We'll contact you at the end of your funding - as the Fund’s responsible to the public for the money we distribute, we need to have confidence that the funds you’ve received have had a positive impact on people and communities. We also want to learn from this funding, including what has worked well, and not so well for you, and how effective this method of distribution has been.
We have, and will continue to, work hard to make this as simple and efficient as we can.
What will we ask you for at the end of November 2021?
At the end of your grant, we’ll contact you so you can tell us about what you’ve done. You may like to provide us with one of these:
- a case study
- pictures of your work
- a video
- a newspaper article
- a brief report.
This is a great opportunity to promote the great work you do and showcase your organisation.
What happens when?
Applications for Round 2 opens - 28 June 2021 at 10am
Applications for Round 2 closes - 20 August 2021 at 5pm
Decision and payments made - mid July to early October 2021
Funded activity takes place - July to end November 2021
Progress update - around halfway through the activity period
All funds must have been spent and all activities completed - 30 November 2021
End of grant learning - 31 December 2021.