New funding opportunity for residents to tackle loneliness

Loneliness small grants fund

Help tackle loneliness in your community

Tower Hamlets Council has announced a new small grants fund to tackle loneliness in the borough.

The grants can be applied for by residents and local groups who want to make a difference in their local community. Applications can be made until Monday 9 March 2020 at 12 noon. Following this, there will be two further application rounds in June and September.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, has established a loneliness taskforce that aims to reduce the impact of loneliness and social isolation on local residents. The funding will support and encourage local actions that help people to connect with each other, enjoy each other’s company and enhance their quality of life. 

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said: “Tackling loneliness in our borough is a key priority for us. Our new taskforce on loneliness is working hard to find ways that we can reduce the risk of social isolation. This funding opportunity is a great way to get our residents involved. We are particularly interested in seeing small local actions that make a real difference, even if it’s just in one street.”  

Applicants can apply for small grants of £200 - £1,000 if they are informal groups of residents working together on a project. Established community groups or charitable associations with an annual turnover of up to £250,000 can apply for grants between £1,000 - £5,000.

Councillor Denise Jones, Chair of the Council’s Taskforce on Loneliness, said: “Loneliness can affect anyone at any age and we want to make sure that Tower Hamlets is a borough where people can make and maintain meaningful social interactions. Anyone in Tower Hamlets can apply for our new small grants and we encourage people to get creative in their applications. Some examples could include music, singing, artwork, visits to exhibitions, organised trips, sports, swimming, cooking and eating together and  befriending.  We look forward to seeing how our residents would like to work together to increase social connections in their community.”

To find out more information and apply for funding, please visit  and read theme 7.

Posted on Monday 2nd March 2020