Fund title: Big Lottery Fund

Focus of fund/fund aims:

To support voluntary and community groups with projects and activities that bring people together and strengthen communities

Application deadline:

Applications may be submitted at any time

Fund description:

The Big Lottery Fund has made some changes so that it’s easier to apply for funding.

There are three types of funding:

National Lottery Awards for All
The National Lottery Awards for All scheme offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities. There is a straightforward online application form.

Reaching Communities
Reaching Communities offers grants of over £10,000 to support single organisations with great ideas that enable communities to thrive. The grants are awarded to voluntary and community organisations or social enterprises for up to five years and can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs.

Partnerships funding provides grants of over £10,000 for groups or organisations which have great ideas to do exciting joint projects.

For ‘Reaching Communities’ and ‘Partnerships’, there is a move away from standardised application forms to a more ‘conversational approach’: ideas can be submitted online, by phone or in person. Once the Big Lottery Fund has all the information needed, the project idea will be discussed by a panel of staff and, if the idea is accepted, a full proposal can be submitted.

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