Aims/priorities: The aim of the grants programme is to support communities to thrive by funding projects that:
- Build strong relationships in and across communities.
- Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities.
- Help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.
During the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the Awards for All programme is supporting people and communities most adversely impacted by the crisis.
Organisations can apply for funding to:
- Continue to deliver activity - whether the community needs crisis response, recovery or business as usual activity.
- Change and adapt, becoming more resilient to respond to new and future challenges.
Who can apply? Applications are accepted from:
- Voluntary and community organisations.
- Constituted groups and clubs.
- Registered charities.
- Charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs).
- Not-for-profit companies.
- Community interest companies (CICs).
- Schools (for projects that benefit and involve the communities around the school).
- Statutory bodies (including local authorities, town, parish and community council).
- Community benefit societies.
To be eligible for funding applicants must have:
- Two unconnected people on the board or committee.
- A UK bank account in the name of their organisation.
- Annual accounts (unless the organisation is less than 15 months old).
The National Lottery Community Fund is 'keen' to support smaller organisations and will consider their income when making a decision.
Grant amount: Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available for up to one year.
Application process: Due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis there is high demand for funding and the time it takes to get a decision from the National Lottery Community Fund might vary. The Fund aims to inform organisations of the outcome of their application within 12 weeks.
The online application form can be found on the National Lottery Community Fund.
Contact information: Tel 028 9568 0143, Email firstname.lastname@example.org