The Know Your Neighbourhood (KYN) Fund is a £14 million programme, which is supporting nine local authority areas in England. The fund is for activities enabling volunteering and tackling loneliness with the primary ambition to develop understanding of what works to improve wellbeing and pride in place in these communities. Funding is provided by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and delivered by local Community Foundations to support charitable organisations working within the local authority areas.
The four key objectives of the programme are:
Some examples of what the fund can consider are:
Encouraging volunteering, increasing volunteer engagement and/or engaging those not currently participating in activities through:
- Skills and confidence development
- Training for volunteers
- Removing barriers to participation
- Volunteer management, recruitment and coordination
Reducing the number of people affected by chronic loneliness through:
- Activities that promote social inclusion
- Intergenerational activity
- Befriending sessions
- Mentoring initiatives
Defining Chronic Loneliness
KYN Fund aims to tackle chronic loneliness and people at risk of chronic loneliness i.e. currently experiencing loneliness, or are in one of the high risk groups for chronic loneliness.
High risk groups of chronic loneliness are listed below:
What costs can be considered?
The fund is able to consider staffing costs, volunteer costs, activity/operational costs, training costs, small capital items (e.g. equipment, IT). A proportion of organisational overheads can also be considered. DCMS guidelines state they expect ‘administration costs’ to be up to 6% of your total budget request.
Any specific criteria?
Important notes about grant payments and evaluation
For full information on evaluation requirements for this funding programme, please see the attached guidance notes.
To view the webinar that took place on the 27th March: KYN Fund - Webinar for Prospective Applicants 280423.mp4
There is no minimum or maximum grant amount, though funding must be spent by 31st March 2025. Grants requested must be a proportional figure and cannot be for more than 50% of your organisation’s annual income. The total amount available for us to distribute is £1,171,333.
What cannot be funded?
How to apply?
Closing date: Tuesday 30th May 5pm
Please note that decisions will be provided in June.
Documents which need to be included with your application:
1. A copy of your governing document
2. A copy of your latest annual accounts or income/expenditure document
3. A copy of a recent bank statement for your group. If you do not have a bank account in place, you must be able to nominate another organisation to hold the funds (CVS, another local charity, church etc.)
4. A list of your Trustees/Directors/Management Committee members. A minimum of three un-related must be in place.
5. A copy of your current Safeguarding Policy. All applicants must ensure that they hold relevant policies and procedures in place to undertake activities, such as Criminal Records Bureau checks and/or a health and safety policy, depending on proposed activity. If unsure, we recommend taking advice from your local CVS
If you have applied to us within the last 12 months and already provided this information we do not need you to send it again, although we may require a more recent bank statement.
What happens next?
Completed applications are considered by Community Foundation staff to check eligibility. You may be contacted for more information after applying. Applications will also be reviewed by the programme evaluators and DCMS to provide recommendations to the grants panel who will then make final decisions based on the fund’s criteria and the budget available.
Community Foundation for Lancashire
43 Hanover Street
Telephone: 0330 440 4900