Local Connections Fund - Round 2 - National Lottery Community Fund. Closing date extended to 20th August

Closing date

This is the second round of the Local Connections Fund, a £4 million investment designed to help small charities and community groups working to reduce loneliness by building community connections across England.

  • The closing date for applications has now been extended to 20th August
  • If you received funding in Round 1, you will now also be eligible to apply for funding in Round 2

The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, is investing £2 million into this second round of funding. This will be used to fund hundreds of ‘microgrants’ between £300 and £2,500, so small, local organisations (with an annual income of £50,000 or less) can bring people and communities together.

By a ‘community’, they mean people:

  • living in the same area - like a city, town or street, or
  • who share characteristics - like beliefs, values, interests or faith, or
  • who can be grouped together in some other way.


Two rounds of funding

  • The Local Connections Fund has been split into two equal rounds of funding. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) provided the first £2 million, which was distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund and completed at the end of March 2021.
  • The second round of funding is provided by The National Lottery Community Fund.