Funding programmes

Funding, Funding programmes

We're open to all applications that meet our criteria, including supporting people and communities most adversely impacted by the pandemic.

  1. National Lottery Awards for All England

    A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000.

    Area
    England
    Suitable for
    Voluntary or community organisations
    Funding size
    £300 to £10,000, for up to one year
    Application deadline

    Ongoing

  2. National Lottery Awards for All Wales

    A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000.

    Area
    Wales
    Suitable for
    Voluntary or community organisations
    Funding size
    £300 to £10,000
    Application deadline

    Ongoing

  3. National Lottery Awards for All Scotland

    A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000.

    Area
    Scotland
    Suitable for
    Voluntary or community organisations, Public sector organisations
    Funding size
    £300 to £10,000
    Application deadline

    Ongoing

  4. National Lottery Awards for All Northern Ireland

    A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000.

    Area
    Northern Ireland
    Suitable for
    Voluntary or community organisations, Public sector organisations
    Funding size
    £300 to £10,000
    Application deadline

    Ongoing

  5. Blaenau Gwent Grant Programme

    This programme is now closed. It offered smaller grants available to people in Blaenau Gwent with a good idea, for people who have not had a grant from us before and who want to do something for their community in Blaenau Gwent.

    Area
    Wales
    Suitable for
    A group of 3 people who have a good idea.
    Funding size
    Up to £300
    Application deadline

    19 March 2021

  6. Reaching Communities England

    Offers a larger amount of funding (over £10,000) for projects that last up to five years. We’re looking for projects that work with their community – whether that’s a community living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.

    Area
    England
    Suitable for
    Voluntary or community organisations
    Funding size
    £10,001 or more, for up to five years
    Application deadline

    Ongoing

  7. Partnerships

    Offers a larger amount of funding (over £10,000) for organisations that work together with a shared set of goals to help their community thrive – whether that’s a community living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.

    Area
    England
    Suitable for
    Voluntary or community organisations
    Funding size
    £10,001 or more, for up to five years
    Application deadline

    Ongoing

  8. People and Places: Medium grants

    Funding capital and revenue community projects from £10,001 to £100,000.

    Area
    Wales
    Suitable for
    Voluntary or community organisations, Public sector organisations
    Funding size
    £10001 to £100000
    Total available
    Up to £19 million each year through both strands of the People and Places programmes
    Application deadline

    Ongoing

  9. People and Places: Large grants

    Funding capital and revenue community projects from £100,001 to £500,000.

    Area
    Wales
    Suitable for
    Voluntary or community organisations, Public sector organisations
    Funding size
    £100001 to £500000
    Total available
    Up to £19 million each year through both strands of the People and Places programme
    Application deadline

    Ongoing

  10. People and Communities

    A larger amount of funding (between £10,001 and £500,000) for projects working with your community – whether that’s a community living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.

    Area
    Northern Ireland
    Funding size
    £10001 to £500000
    Total available
    £57 million
    Application deadline

    Ongoing

  11. Empowering Young People

    A larger amount of funding (between £10,001 and £500,000) for projects that work with young people (between the ages of 8 and 25) to face and overcome challenges.

    Area
    Northern Ireland
    Suitable for
    Voluntary or community organisations
    Funding size
    £10001 to £500000
    Application deadline

    Ongoing

  12. Community Led

    Funding to support community-led activity and wellbeing.

    Area
    Scotland
    Suitable for
    Voluntary or community organisations
    Funding size
    £10001 to £150000
    Application deadline

    Ongoing

  13. Improving Lives

    Grants from £10,001 to £200,000 to help people facing challenging circumstances

    Area
    Scotland
    Suitable for
    Voluntary or community organisations, Public sector organisations
    Funding size
    £10001 to £200000
    Application deadline

    Ongoing

  14. Dormant Accounts NI

    Dormant Accounts Fund NI will support the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Northern Ireland to be more resilient and prepared for the future by funding activity that increases capacity and sustainability.

    Area
    Northern Ireland
    Funding size
    Up to £100,000 for individual organisations
    Total available
    If you think you will need more than £100,000 for your project because you're working in partnership, please get in touch.
    Application deadline

    Ongoing

  15. Young Start

    Helping young people aged eight to 24 to become more confident and play an active part in realising their potential.

    Area
    Scotland
    Suitable for
    Voluntary or community organisations
    Funding size
    £10,001 to £100,000
    Application deadline

    Ongoing

  16. Scottish Land Fund

    Supporting urban and rural communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and land assets.

    Area
    Scotland
    Suitable for
    Voluntary or community organisations, Public sector organisations
    Funding size
    £10001 to £1000000
    Application deadline

    Ongoing

  17. Supporting great ideas

    Supporting Great Ideas awards grants to support innovative and strategically important project ideas that encourage positive social change in Wales.

    Area
    Wales
    Suitable for
    Voluntary/community organisations and statutory bodies
    Funding size
    £10,001 and over
    Application deadline

    Ongoing

  18. #iwill Fund

    The #iwill Fund will enable more young people to take part in social action through high quality opportunities which create lifelong habits.

    Area
    England
  19. Awards from the UK Portfolio

    The UK Portfolio explores new and innovative approaches, and develops and tests new ways of building a stronger civil society.

    Area
    UK-wide
    Funding size
    Over £50,000
    Application deadline

    Ongoing

  20. Growing Great Ideas

    Our Growing Great Ideas programme has a focus on supporting transformational and long-term change.

    Area
    UK-wide
    Suitable for
    We’re looking to invest in different compositions of people, communities, networks and organisations over the long term. They might be better described as ecologies, platforms, ecosystems, assemblages, networks and constellations - we’re using different words because at this stage of the funding programme, we’re still testing an approach. We’re also using language to be explicit about how this is different from what we’ve done before. The important thing is that we can see the potential in how they will grow and deepen over time, extending their missions, and adding to the ecology as they go.
    Funding size
    The minimum grant size is £150,000. The minimum length is two years. Funding can be available for up to ten years in some circumstances.
    Total available
    We expect to have a total of £25 million available for this programme until March 2022. And more funding beyond that.
    Application deadline

    On-going

  21. Forces in Mind

    Supporting the psychological wellbeing and successful and sustainable transition of veterans and their families into civilian life.

    Area
    UK-wide
    Application deadline

    Ongoing

  22. Other National Lottery Funders

    If none of the current The National Lottery Community Fund programmes are suitable for your project, one of the other Lottery funders may be able to help.

    Area
    UK-wide
    Suitable for
    Voluntary or community organisations, Public sector organisations, Private sector organisations
    Application deadline

    Check the other funder's websites

  23. Bringing People Together

    Our Bringing People Together funding can support projects that will build stronger connections across communities, and improve the infrastructure and conditions that are needed to strengthen these connections.

    Area
    UK-wide
    Suitable for
    Voluntary and community organisations
    Funding size
    up to £300,000 in total for up to two years
    Application deadline

    Ongoing

  24. Mind Our Future

    £10 million to put young people in the lead so that they can imagine and create a more resilient and mentally healthy future for young people in Wales.

    Area
    Wales
    Suitable for
    Third sector and public sector organisations working in partnerships
    Funding size
    No maximum grant amount
    Total available
    £10 million
    Application deadline

    29 November 2021. You should contact us no later than 30 September 2021 to discuss your proposal and request an application form.

  25. Places Called Home

    IKEA UK and The National Lottery Community Fund have come together to support thriving, resilient and sustainable communities across the UK. Places Called Home is a new £1.5 million fund which aims to inspire and enable communities to invest in their local community as an extension of their home.

    Area
    UK-wide
    Suitable for
    Small local voluntary or community organisations and groups
    Funding size
    £1,000 to £5,000
    Total available
    £1.5 million
    Application deadline

    Closed to applications. Any applications that are still in progress will no longer be able to be submitted.

  26. Local Connections Fund - Round 2

    This is Round 2 of The Local Connections Fund, a £4 million investment to help charities and community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness.

    Area
    England
    Suitable for
    Small (with an income below £50,000), constituted, local charities and community groups working to tackle loneliness by helping people feel more connected within their communities.
    Funding size
    £300 to £2,500
    Total available
    £2 million in Round 2 - successful applicants must have completed their project and spent their grant by 30 November 2021
    Application deadline

    Applications open - 28 June 2021 at 10am

    Applications close - 6 August 2021 at 5pm