On 13 May 2020, the Government launched a £5 million COVID-19 Loneliness Fund, as part of their plan to tackle loneliness during the coronavirus outbreak and period of social distancing.
The plan is designed to ensure that the staying at home period does not lead to loneliness. As part of the plan, national organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections can apply for a share of £5 million of funding which will allow them to continue their critical work. The Government is also welcoming applications from umbrella organisations who wish to give funding to local organisations underneath them.
The Government has already announced several funding streams, including a microgrants fund which will be directed at hyperlocal organisations, as well as funding provided to the National Emergencies Trust and The National Lottery Community Fund. These will support local organisations working with vulnerable people affected by Covid-19, including in relation to loneliness.
The fund will help to expand the capacity of some organisations with a national reach, and who have trusted relationships in communities. For example, this could include services adapting to allow digital delivery, expansion of helpline or volunteer capacity, or to allow for face to face contact in line with social distancing guidance to reach those isolated from their loved ones.
More information can be found here.