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Help people feel connected in your neighbourhood
Apply for up to £75
to fund something fun, small, informal and easy to organise
Making it easier to bring people together
The Feeling Connected Project supports community initiatives that reduce loneliness and isolation across Chesterfield and NE Derbyshire.
Our aim is to develop a confident, capable and supportive network of community builders who are passionate about creating opportunities for connection and belonging
Let us help you get started!
Just follow the 5 easy steps to make a difference in YOUR Community
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It's not just about the ££
Find out about all the other free support we offer
Together we can tackle loneliness and isolation
Tell us about your ideas or plans
It can be a one-off event or something that brings people together more often
Tip - start small! Make it easy to organise, fun and informal
Don't have all the details worked out yet? Don't worry - we can help you choose something that will work for you and your neighbourhood
There are lots of inspiring ideas here>
Funds are limited and will be allocated to eligible applications on a first come first served basis - check if you qualify here>
We'll contact you to talk about your idea and any other support you might need to get things started
Not sure how best to use the funding on offer? We can help with 1:1 advice tailored just for you
We provide lots of other FREE support too - click here to find out more>
Tip - come to one of our free workshops or social events for inspiration and support from others who are passionate about bringing people together
Start organising and invite people to join in!
Not sure how? We can help you figure out what will work best for your idea/community
We also offer free printing for any posters or invitations
And you can use the Feeling Connected Logo to show that you're not just hosting a gathering or organising an activity - you're creating an opportunity for those who feel lonely to know they belong!
See all the free support on offer here>
Tip - get others involved so you're not the solo hero! People like to feel useful and having a role to play helps build relationships and makes us feel more connected
Save your receipts and get up to £75 to cover costs
This micro grant is especially for informal groups, activities, projects or events. You don't need a special bank account - but you WILL need to keep all your receipts. We will reimburse your expenses up to £75
Enjoy your Get Together!
We LOVE to hear your inspiring stories - let us know how it goes and send us a photo or two!
If it's something you'd like to share, why not inspire others with a post on Social Media #feelingconnected
Want us to share your post on Facebook? Mention us by typing @feelingconnecteddva anywhere in your post
Funding your initiative
Feeling Connected £75 Micro Grant
You are an informal organiser, this means that:
You are an individual or part of a team that isn't a formalised group or organisation (ie NOT a constituted group, social enterprise, community interest company, registered charity or other type of non-profit organisation)
You have an idea or are already running a community initiative that:
Brings people together
Helps to reduce loneliness and isolation
Creates opportunities for people to feel like they belong and feel more socially connected
Benefits a community or neighbourhood within Chesterfield Borough and/or North-East Derbyshire District
Is Volunteer-led - you and (your team of helpers if you have any) aren't paid for the work you do
Is Not for Profit - it is not connected to any commercial organisation, individual or company
Feeling Connected £300 Local Connections Grant
You must have already received (or been approved for) the Feeling Connected £75 Micro Grant to be eligible for the Feeling Connected £300 Local Connections Grant.
How to Apply - Contact Gina@dva.org.uk
Funding for Formal Organisers
Feeling Connected is part of Derbyshire Voluntary Action. For current sources of funding and support available for formalised groups and organisations visit dva.org.uk>
We also encourage you to contact our friends at Links CVS here> who may be able to help you with alternative sources of funding or governance advice suited to your type of group or organisation.
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