Tackling loneliness with transport fund

Public and charity sectors are invited to apply for grants of up to £500,000 to pilot projects that aim to reduce loneliness through transport schemes.
The project, funded by Her Majesty’s Treasury’s Shared Outcomes Fund and led by the Department for Transport (DfT), aims to develop the evidence base for how transport can help to alleviate loneliness.

interested organisations will need to meet the following critera to be eligible for funding:

  • to implement and deliver a range of effective, targeted pilot transport schemes for those at risk of loneliness

  • to build an evidence base on transport and loneliness, particularly among vulnerable groups

  • to demonstrate how new transport pilot schemes or a different approach using the existing transport network can trial new and innovative ways of tackling loneliness. Where applicable this may involve the continuation, adaptation or expansion of existing provision

  • to fund a range of transport-related schemes that target lonely groups

 In addtion, there are a series of affected groups under the loneliness criteria:

  • older people

  • younger people (aged 16 to 24, including university students)

  • people with long-term health problems

  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities

  • LGBTQ+ people

  • disabled people

  • carers

DfT are particularly interested in working with organisations whose transport-related pilots target these groups.

For more information about the funding, application guidance and Expression of Interest forms, please visit the Gov.uk webpage 

The deadline for applications is 11:59pm on 28th January 2022. Completed applications should be sent to tacklingloneliness@dft.gov.uk.

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