Space to Connect Fund launched

New £1.6 million partnership between Offcie for Civil Society and the Co-op Foundation

The Space to Connect Fund will help  community organisations identify, improve and protect spaces where people can connect and co-operate. This Fund builds on the Government’s commitment to unlock the potential of community spaces as part of its Loneliness Strategy. 

The Fund is now open for applications, with grants of up to £50,000 available across England. Their invitation to tender is also now open to become the ‘Space to Connect’ Evaluation and Learning partner. Up to £160,000, including VAT, is available and they aim for the contract to start in October 2019 and run until June 2021.

Two strands of funding are available:

  • ‘Enhance’ – organisations that are using community spaces in innovative and creative ways can apply for grants of £30,000 to £50,000 to help expand activities and embed sustainable ways of working so they can build a more secure future. Revenue and capital funding is available. Applications close at midday (12pm) on Wednesday 31 July.
  • ‘Explore’ – organisations that want to help communities start to explore ways that local challenges could be addressed through better use of space, and/or identify potential spaces that could be opened up to community use can apply for grants of up to £10,000. Revenue funding only. Applications close on at midday (12pm) on Monday 12 August 2019


The closing date for tender responses is midday on Friday 30 August 2019.

Date: 
10/07/2019 - 30/08/2019
Contact Name: 
Office for Civil Society
Contact Email: 
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