Tackling Loneliness Fund

*Currently closed for applications*

Grants of up to £2,500 will be made available to support the work of charities, voluntary and community groups who are addressing loneliness in Norfolk – priority will be given to groups operating within the trading area of the East of England Co-op.

These groups may be providing services and support or advice to young people, people with mental health issues, older people or those with disabilities.  National organisations which have a local office with their own constitution and relevant documents are able to apply if they deliver within the local community and trading area of the East of England Co-op.

Click here to find your nearest East of England Co-op store/ serviceplease note groups operating in Suffolk and Essex can also access this funding by contacting their local Community Foundation.

What sort of work does the fund support?
The aim of the fund is to support projects that address one or more of the following themes:

  • Improving health and well-being – Reducing isolation, providing hot meals and refreshments and helping isolated people to engage with others through sports, arts, recreation, social clubs and volunteering.
  • Improving access to facilities, advice and training – Providing transport, supporting Good Neighbour Schemes, befriending schemes and improving access to information (including via technology for older people).
  • Overcoming problems – Helping people who are experiencing difficult circumstances due to an illness, injury, disability, bereavement or financial difficulty.

Funding should be for project costs. These can be existing services, if they can show additionality and an element that can be identified as being funded by East of England Co-operative.  

Funding proposals will need to demonstrate:

  • Evidence of a co-operative* approach to the project, particularly in its implementation
  • Solutions to tackling loneliness that support the Co-op’s differentiating community engagement work
  • Significant reach – benefitting as many people as possible 
  • Intergenerational solutions are encouraged

*Open to all without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination and illustrating concern for the community. Demonstrating social responsibility and self-help.

The following interventions would be considered if they met the above criteria: 

  1. Community Transport
  2. Befriending Schemes
  3. Counselling & Mentoring
  4. Intergenerational Projects
  5. Volunteering
  6. Community Engagement

Who can apply
Charitable, community and voluntary groups based or clearly operating in Norfolk can apply. This includes Churches/ PCCs and Parish Councils where the project is clearly community focused and inclusive.

Please refer to our FAQs for specific guidance on the types of organisation/ project that are eligible to apply. Please note the specific guidance in the FAQs for Social Enterprises/ CICs.

Schools are not eligible to apply.

When to apply
The next deadline for applications will be published here when the Fund is open.

How to apply
Norfolk Community Foundation has launched a new way to apply online, which enables applicants to complete more of the process entirely online if they wish.  If you have any problems at all using the new system please contact the Grants Team for support. 

If you are using an old version of eg. Internet Explorer you may find it helpful to download a copy of Google Chrome to ensure you have the best experience – this browser is free to download here http://www.google.com/chrome/  

Independent reference: Please note: we no longer require applicants to provide an independent reference with every application. Instead you will be asked to provide contact details for a referee within the online application form and we will contact the referee where we feel this will be helpful. Please see our FAQs for guidance on choosing an independent referee.

Making an online application:

Step 1 – Complete the online application form by clicking on the link below.  The new form enables you to upload various pieces of supporting information to complete your application. You can still send some or all of your supporting information separately by email or by post if you wish.

Step 2 – Ensure that Norfolk Community Foundation receives your online form, and all supporting information, by the deadline date.

Click here to begin an online application

For Fund enquiries please contact the Grants Team by email grants@norfolkfoundation.com or tel 01603 623958



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