A funding programme which supports people struggling with social isolation and loneliness is now accepting new applications.

East Suffolk Council’s Hidden Needs Programme was originally launched in 2018 to support older people and families with limited resources who were struggling with social isolation and loneliness. In a response to Covid-19, the scheme was relaunched in June 2020 with a fund of £100,000 and adapted to help fund projects which supports people of all ages who are particularly vulnerable during this time.

Following the success of three previous rounds of applications, a fourth round has now been opened. Applications are invited from local community groups and voluntarily organisations who are delivering projects which can help reduce social isolation and loneliness. Grants of up to £10,000 are available through the scheme.

Cllr Letitia Smith, Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Tourism, said: “The pandemic has caused, and continues to cause, additional challenges for those who were already struggling with social isolation and loneliness. I would encourage community groups and voluntary organisations to apply for this funding which will help support and connect vulnerable people during this challenging time.”

Applications must be submitted by 16 April 2021.

For more information and to apply, please go to www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/hidden-needs-grant-programme.