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COVID-19 Isolation and Loneliness

The pandemic created additional isolation and loneliness for many sectors of the community.  This also led to additional mental health issues for some.  OCF would like to fund projects that will help combat isolation and loneliness and recover from the adverse consequences of the pandemic and lockdowns. Grants will be awarded from our Community Resilience Fund, set up at the start of the pandemic. 

Amounts available: £500-£10,000

Group annual income: Under £1,000,000

Type of cost: Core costs, project or programme work that contributes towards the priorities. We will fund ongoing running costs.

Closing date: Tuesday 2nd November 2021 at midday

Adverse Consequences

As we come out of the pandemic and lockdowns, many people are still afflicted by isolation, loneliness and additional mental health issues.  OCF would like to fund projects that will help with the recovery from the adverse consequences of the pandemic and lockdowns.

Isolation and Loneliness

People were forced to become more isolated and consequently lonely because of the pandemic.  Regaining confidence to meet up with friends and neighbours and for familiar activities to restart is essential to alleviating isolation and loneliness.  OCF would like to fund groups that:

  • Are combatting loneliness by re-starting activities such as senior citizen lunch clubs / day centre activities / healthy activities e.g. health walks
  • Are running a series of events to provide opportunities for people to get together
  • Providing resources such as information about meetings / keep fit / arts activities which encourage people to access activities outside the home

Mental health 

Covid-19 caused much anxiety in the population, which has had a detrimental effect on peoples mental health.  The measures taken to combat the virus, including lockdowns and self isolation, have caused many people to become disconnected from society and to experience loneliness.  Furthermore, we have seen increased levels of domestic abuse and child abuse, both of which can cause long lasting damage to the mental wellbeing of a child or a family.  We are also aware that the furlough scheme/loss of jobs and income and uncertainty about the future have impacted on people’s mental health.  Advice services are vital to combatting the mental health problems this causes. OCF would like to fund groups that:

  • Help people with feelings of isolation and loneliness.
  • Improve mental wellbeing.
  • Improve economic wellbeing
Preferred activities
  • 1:1 support
  • Events (series)
  • Group activities
  • Helplines
  • Partnerships/collaborations
  • Workshops
  • Multiple activities
Preferred beneficiaries

Successful applications should focus on combatting isolation and loneliness for people already facing challenging circumstances, including (but not limited to) any of the priority groups listed below.

  • Families/parents
  • Men and/or boys
  • Older people
  • People living in rural areas
  • People who self-identify as LGBTQ+
  • People living with learning disabilities
  • People living with mental health problems
  • Women and/or girls
  • The beneficiaries must be people (not an individual), rather than animals and the environment more generally.
  • We will fund ongoing running costs or a programme of events (not one off events).
  • The number of people participating will be considered and proportional funding assigned as appropriate.
  • The project must be completed within 12 months of application.
  • Funds cannot be awarded to cover costs already paid for.
  • The project budget must be itemised and well costed, indicating where other funds have been secured.
  • The grant may be used as match funding or partial project funding if prospects of other funding can be shown.

Please read the general eligibility criteria at the bottom of this page, which give an overview of the criteria for all our grants programmes.

The online application form will require you to supply specified documentation showing evidence of good governance, as well as an appropriate referee. Your organisation needs to have minimum one year of operation; if you have been constituted for less than one year but have been active for longer, please demonstrate this activity. Reserves are expected to be a minimum of three months running costs and explain why if more than 12 months.

Your application will be reviewed by the OCF Community Impact Team and designated independent assessors, before a Grants Panel Meeting at the end of November 2021. Successful grants will be paid within four to six weeks of notification of success.

Your project and grant monitoring must be completed within 12 months of application. All applications will be assessed for impact; smaller grant requests will not be disadvantaged.

Dates and timings

Early applications are always appreciated.

Opening date Closing date (midday)
Wednesday 6th October 2021 Tuesday 2nd November 2021

Before you start your application, please read the full eligibility criteria. 

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