The new Space to Connect fund will help community organisations identify, improve and protect spaces where people can connect and co-operate is now open for applications.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available across England through Space to Connect – a new £1.6 million match-funding partnership with government.

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

Funding builds on the government’s commitment to unlock the potential of community spaces as part of its Loneliness Strategy

For more details and to apply visit www.coopfoundation.org.uk