What is the Building Connections Fund?

Giulia Todres

The Building Connections Fund is an £11.5m partnership between seven government departments, The National Lottery Community Fund, and Co-op Foundation. It is the first ever cross-government fund dedicated to reducing loneliness in England

The fund aims to:

  • increase social connections, helping people form strong and meaningful relationships and creating a sense of community and belonging, and helping people feel more connected
  • support organisations to build on their existing work, e.g. by reaching more people, or working in a new area or with a different method or group of people
  • encourage organisations to join up with others locally
  • improve the evidence base and use learning to inform longer term policy and funding decisions.

The Building Connections Fund has given grants to 126 voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations working with different groups across England, beginning in January 2019. Grants lengths vary , but most are for two years.

NPC is leading the learning and evaluation partnership. We are working to evaluate the impact of the fund, in partnership with the Centre for Youth Impact, the What Works Centre for WellbeingBrunel University London, and Bryson Purdon Social Research.

For resources and further evidence on tackling loneliness, visit the What Works Centre for Wellbeing’s dedicated webpage.

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