Space to Connect Fund launched

New £1.6 million partnership between Offcie for Civil Society and the Co-op Foundation

Open Until:

Posted: 07/10/2019

The Space to Connect Fund will help  community organisations identify, improve and protect spaces where
people can connect and co-operate. This Fund builds on the Government’s
commitment to unlock the potential of community spaces as part of its
Loneliness Strategy. 

The Fund is now open
for applications
, with grants of up to £50,000 available across
England. Their invitation to tender is also now open to
become the ‘Space to Connect’ Evaluation and Learning partner. Up to £160,000,
including VAT, is available and they aim for the contract to start in October
2019 and run until June 2021.

Two strands of funding are available:

  • ‘Enhance’
    – organisations that are using community spaces in innovative and
    creative ways can apply for grants of £30,000 to £50,000 to help expand
    activities and embed sustainable ways of working so they can build a
    more secure future. Revenue and capital funding is available.
    Applications close at midday (12pm) on Wednesday 31 July.

  • ‘Explore’ –
    organisations that want to help communities start to explore ways that
    local challenges could be addressed through better use of space, and/or
    identify potential spaces that could be opened up to community use can
    apply for grants of up to £10,000. Revenue funding only. Applications
    close on at midday (12pm) on Monday 12 August 2019

The closing date for tender responses is midday on Friday 30 August 2019.

"Just to say a huge thanks ... I am looking forward to progressing with this project thanks to your support, advice and guidance"

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