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 Reaching Communities 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).
Grant amount: Grants of over £10,000 are available for up to five years.
Application process: Funding proposals can be submitted using the online application form on the National Lottery Community Fund website or applicants can send an email or video to their regional funding officer (details are on the National Lottery Community Fund website). Organisations will then be contacted by the National Lottery Community Fund within 12 weeks of submitting a proposal to discuss the next steps of the application process.
Contact information: Tel 028 9568 0143, Email firstname.lastname@example.org