Charities can now apply to the above fund which is aimed at tackling loneliness during the coronavirus emergency.

The fund will be issuing grants between £500,000 and £1m, and aims “to ensure that, for people of all ages and backgrounds, staying at home does not need to lead to loneliness”.

National charities providing frontline services in England can apply. Among other criteria, services will have to focus on groups particularly at risk of loneliness and have a track record of successful delivery in order to qualify.

Charities have until 12pm on Friday 29 May to apply. The application form and more information can be found on the DCMS website.

For help and advice around loneliness including the 'Let's Talk Loneliness' campaign initially started last year, please click here