UK Government seeks applications from grant-making organisations, including consortiums, to manage the new Know Your Neighbourhood Fund (deadline for applications: 29 September 2022)

The UK Government is launching a new Know Your Neighbourhood (KYN) Fund and is currently inviting grant-making organisations to apply to be appointed as the Intermediary Grant Maker (IGM) to deliver up to £14m of funding over three financial years from December 2022 until March 2025.

The objectives of the KYN Fund are, by March 2025, to:

o Build the evidence to identify scalable and sustainable place-based interventions that work in increasing regular volunteering and reducing chronic loneliness.
o Increase the proportion of people in targeted high-deprivation local authorities who volunteer at least once a month.
o Reduce the proportion of chronically lonely people in targeted high-deprivation local authorities who lack their desired level of social connections, and
o Enable targeted high-deprivation local authorities, and the local voluntary and community sector in these places, to implement sustainable systems and processes that encourage volunteering and tackling loneliness.

The funding, which will be provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), available for each financial year is:

o Year 1 – 2022/23: £1,600,000.
o Year 2 – 2023/24: up to £6,200,000, and
o Year 3 – 2o24/25: up to £6,200,000.

The Intermediary Grant Maker will need to work with local areas to help nurture interest and capability in the target areas to access funding. They will need to make best use of existing local skills and spaces, and may choose to work with local partners to strengthen their access to local knowledge, networks and expertise. The Intermediary Grant Maker will also be required to work closely with evaluators to embed high quality evaluation methods for funded projects into the programme to help the Department learn what works.

Who can apply

DCMS is inviting non-profit grant making organisations, such as charitable foundations, philanthropic institutions and Arms Length Bodies to apply to be the Intermediary Grant Maker for this fund. DCMS  welcomes bids from a consortia of charitable organisations, of which a lead organisation should make the application.

Further information, guidance and an application form and guidance is available on the GOV.UK website

The deadline for applications is 10am on Thursday 29th September 2022.

DCMS has scheduled a virtual engagement session for clarification questions from 10:30am – 11:30am on Wednesday 31st August 2022. Please contact the Volunteering and Tackling Loneliness team at KYN-Fund@dcms.gov.uk to request further information or to sign up for this event.