Funded by Armed Forces Covenant

Tackling Loneliness programme

The Tackling Loneliness programme will address social isolation by targeting specific groups within the Armed Forces community who are traditionally harder to reach.

Grants of £70k available

Closing noon 9 October 2020

Projects tackling social isolation amongst hard to reach groups

Introduction

In early 2020, the Trust ran a consultation to discover how important it was to reduce social isolation and improve integration and engagement with provision, within the Armed Forces community.

Our consultation highlighted loneliness as a major factor of social isolation. It can affect people of all ages and from all backgrounds. The Tackling Loneliness programme will address this challenge by targeting specific groups within the Armed Forces community who are traditionally harder to reach.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, your organisation must be one of the following.

  • An established registered charity or Community Interest Company (CIC) with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities.
  • An Armed Forces unit or base.

Under this programme, we cannot support:

  • individuals
  • schools
  • a charity or CIC, which doesn’t have substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities.
  • a local authority or similar organisation – but you could work with one of the types of organisation listed above, as a delivery partner.

A full list of eligibility is available in the programme guidance below.

What’s available

Fixed, two-year grants of £70,000.

Themes and priorities

This programme seeks to target groups of people within the Armed Forces community who are traditionally harder to reach. A full list of these groups is available in the programme guidance and we would expect you to be working with at least one of those groups of people.

Your project should also fit with at least one of the main themes of this programme.

  • Building stronger social networks and friendships.
  • Improving access to local activities and provision.
  • Building emotional resilience to overcome the causes of loneliness.
  • Empowering Armed Forces communities to become more independent.

You can find more information about the priorities of this programme in the programme guidance document below.

Deadlines and dates to note

This programme will make awards in a single round.

You’ll need to have your completed application to us by noon on Friday 9 October 2020. You’ll receive a decision on your application before the end of February 2021.

The online application portal is not yet open for this programme. However, in the meantime you can access the application questions below, to begin planning your application.

Guidance and resources

Programme Guidance

Take a look at the application questions in this downloadable Word document. This is for info only. To apply, you must use the link below. You can also access your Terms & Conditions to grant here.

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