The Co-op Foundation has awarded grants totalling almost £900,000 to help community organisations across England tackle loneliness by improving and protecting local spaces that bring people together.
Funding is being provided through the £1.6m Space to Connect partnership between the Foundation and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
A total of 57 organisations have been awarded grants of up to £50,000 to help them make better use of spaces so they can address challenges or expand activities.
The partnership follows commitments made in the government’s Civil Society and Loneliness strategies, published in 2018, to help create sustainable community hubs and spaces where they are most needed.
Funding also builds on the Co-op Foundation’s work to strengthen community spaces where people can connect and co-operate.
Space to Connect was launched in June 2019, at the same time as Co-op’s Endangered Spaces campaign to protect, support and improve 2,000 community spaces by 2022.
A full list of grant awards can be found at this LINK.
Image: Gloucester’s Creative Sustainability CIC has been awarded
a grant of £9,650 through the Co-op Foundation’s Space to Connect programme.