Once you’ve been awarded National Lottery Awards for All funding, here’s what you can expect from us – and some things you’ll need to do as well.

We’ll send the funding to your bank account

You should see the funding in your organisation’s account in the next couple of weeks. When the funding arrives in your account, you can start spending it on the activities you told us about in your application.

If the funding doesn’t go into your account, or you don’t want the funding anymore - contact us.

Celebrate your National Lottery funding with your community

You should share the good news with your community and your local elected representatives (like your MP/MSP/AM/MLA):

We encourage you to keep telling everyone about the difference your project is making throughout the life of your funding.

Records you need to keep

Please keep records of the things you spend your funding on – and keep track of how it fits with your application. We want to make sure that the funding is being spent the way you said it would.

Keeping bank statements can be a good record of what you’ve spent.

We could ask to see copies of receipts, invoices and bank statements relating to your funding for at least seven years. Or at any time during the project.

How to withdraw cash

Anytime you want to withdraw our funding as cash, it must be agreed by two people running the project. You also can’t withdraw more than £100 at a time. Remember to keep receipts for anything you buy in cash.

What to do if your project changes

If you make small changes to your activities, or what you spend the money on, that's okay - as long as you’re still using the funding to carry out the project you told us you would in your application.

If you have a little bit of funding left over, or your activities didn’t cost quite as much as you thought, don’t worry. If it’s not more than £1,000, you can use the left-over funding to continue your project for longer - or run similar activities.

You only need to contact us if:

  • the main or senior contact for your project changes
  • you need longer than 12 months to finish the project
  • you've finished the project and have more than £1,000 of funding left over
  • completely different people are going to benefit from the project than you first thought
  • you want to make changes to the project and spend the funding on very different things
  • you can’t carry out the project.

How to learn from your project

Hoping to improve your services and activities? Ask yourself, others in your organisation, and your community how the project went. This may also help you to apply for more funding in future.

You could ask:

  • What have we learned?
  • How many people got involved in the project?
  • What did people say about the project or activities?
  • What went well?
  • What could have gone better?
  • What would you do differently next time?
  • What difference did the project make to the community?