Connected Communities: Loneliness and Social Isolation Fund 2021-2024

The 2022 application round is now closed for this grant


About the fund

We cannot accept applications past the closing date of February 20, 2022 at 11:59pm. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of community-based support and the role of communities in tackling loneliness and social isolation. The fund will be used to build the capability and sustainability of grassroots voluntary and community organisations that bring people of all ages together.

Applicants must demonstrate the need for their project in terms of loneliness and isolation, including any impact from the pandemic, the scope of the proposal, how it will be managed and delivered and the outcomes that will be achieved. 

Applications must also demonstrate how a proposal meets one or more of the Welsh Government’s Four Priorities:

  • Increasing opportunities for people to connect

    • Will your project create opportunities for people to connect with each other?

  • Community infrastructure that supports connected communities

    • Will your project develop infrastructure such as community transport schemes or luncheon clubs?

  • Cohesive and supportive communities

    • Will your project help build resilience in the community? 

  • Building awareness and promoting positive attitudes

    • Will your project help raise awareness of how loneliness impacts peoples’ lives and provide ways of addressing it?

The investment is primarily to support smaller local organisations in the following areas: 

  • Scaling up existing activities 

  • Re-establishing lost presence from the pandemic 

  • Promoting services more widely 

  • Funding the use of suitable venues

Identified service gaps in Powys:

  • Practical and wellbeing support for housebound individuals 

  • Peer support for new parents

  • Welfare visits and help at home for the elderly 

  • Mental health and wellbeing support for the under 50s (including children and young people)

  • One-to-one support for teenagers 

  • Support for people with serious sight or hearing loss

Applications which focus on providing locally tailored responses and small scale community-based support will be prioritised. Funding can be used for activities which bring people together face-to-face in a safe, or be used to support online activities where this is the most appropriate – or only way – to build social connections, e.g. where access to a venue is difficult or for those not quite ready to meet people face-to-face.

The funding can be used for revenue costs only associated with these types of activities. It cannot be used for capital costs and cannot duplicate any existing funding.

Available grants are between £250 and £2,500 per year, and an organisation may apply for up to three years of funding for the period 2022 to 2024. The amount applied for does not need to be the same each year. 


Your organisation can apply if it meets the following eligibility criteria 

  • It is a Third/voluntary sector (not-for-profit) organisation and is independent of government, private and public sectors

    • Registered charity

    • Constituted group

    • Community Interest Company

    • Charitable Incorporated Organisation

    • Company limited by guarantee

    • Company limited by shares where all shares are held by one of the above (i.e. wholly owned social business subsidiary of a Charity)

    • Industrial and Provident Society (IPS) in the form of a Community Benefit Society (BenCom)

    • Financial Mutuals

  • The funding will be for activities/services/communities in Powys

  • Your organisation has at least 2 authorised signatories 

Your organisation cannot apply if you are:

  • A political organisation

  • A statutory organisation

  • A private organisation

  • An individual

Organisations applying for the grant must:

  • Have a governing document

  • Have a bank account

  • Demonstrate an ability to manage a grant

  • Demonstrate that they have in place the relevant policies and insurances

  • Address one or more of the Four Priorities funding priorities and have evidence of need

Due diligence checks will be carried out by PAVO staff before applications are submitted for review by a panel. If your organisation does not have all the relevant policies in place, PAVO can provide support to implement them. 

The support of a PAVO Development Officer is available to any organisation that wishes to submit an application. It is highly recommended that you get in touch before submitting an application. Please contact Haydn Taylor, Social Value Development Officer between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Wednesday.  

Email: haydn.taylor(at)

Phone: 01597 822191


  • Successful applicants will receive 100% of the grant upon completion of the necessary paperwork.

    • Applications for multi-year projects will receive the grant in annual installments, on the proviso that they submit monitoring data as requested 

    • Failure to provide monitoring data as will result in annual payments being halted   

  • Groups will be required to submit an annual monitoring report 

    • Failure to provide monitoring data may preclude you from applying to future PAVO administered grants 

  • Failure to comply with this requirement will result in possible ‘clawback’ of funding and groups being barred from accessing funding in the following year.

Once your application is ready, please submit it to grants(at) along with all supplementary documents.

Where to find us

Llandrindod Wells Office

Unit 30
Ddole Road Industrial Estate
Llandrindod Wells

01597 822 191

Newtown Office

Plas Dolerw
Milford Road
SY16 2EH

01686 626 220

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