Awards from the UK Portfolio

Manchester Cares

The UK Portfolio explores new and innovative approaches, and develops and tests new ways of building a stronger civil society. Our funding supports projects and ideas of UK-wide impact and significance that focus on transformational change.

We experiment with how to do things differently and share learning and insights to continually improve our grantmaking practice with the Fund, the wider sector and beyond.

We're currently inviting applications to the following programmes:

We're continuing to listen to the needs of communities across the UK and develop other funding opportunities that explore new approaches and test new ideas. Check our Twitter feed for updates. You can also email us at

Funding size
Over £50,000 (The Platinum Jubilee Fund - between £30,000 - £50,000)
Application deadline

Ongoing apart from the Platinum Jubilee Fund which has a deadline of the 15th December.

Applying for funding

The UK Portfolio offers a range of funding programmes.

The Platinum Jubilee Fund

The Platinum Jubilee celebrates 70 years of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign and to mark this occasion, The National Lottery Community Fund will fund 70 projects across the UK.

We want to fund projects that create a greater legacy for our places and spaces, and that support new opportunities, activities and build better relationships with one another, across generations and with the natural world.

Find out more and apply to The Platinum Jubilee Fund.

The deadline for this is 15 December 2021 at 5pm or once we receive 700 applications – whichever comes first

Bringing People Together

This funding can support projects that will build stronger connections across communities, and improve the infrastructure and conditions that are needed to strengthen these connections. The programme is open to applications.

Find out more and apply to Bringing People Together

There's no deadline for applications.

Existing UK Portfolio grant holders

More funding opportunities will become available in 2021. Check our Twitter feed for updates on new funding opportunities.

Types of funding

These funding programmes are closed to applications.

Some of most recent funding programmes are:

Growing Great Ideas: this funding supported ideas that focus on supporting transformational and long-term change that goes beyond individual organisations and instead focuses on nurturing ecologies and ecosystems. This programme is now closed to applications. We are taking this opportunity to review the Growing Great Ideas funding programme and the applications that we have received and this may mean our funding offer changes.

Global partnerships: this programme aimed to connect civil society groups in the UK with their peers in Europe and America to share ideas, learn and collaborate. We were particularly interested in the areas of climate change, digital, equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), participatory grant making, and equipping civil society (including funders) to understand, adapt and respond to the future. The programme is now closed to applications.

Together for Our Planet: offered funding from £1,000 to £10,000 to support communities across the UK to take action on climate change. The UK Government is using Together for Our Planet to engage people with COP26 and inspire positive climate action. The programme is now closed to applications.

Places Called Home: IKEA Limited and The National Lottery Community Fund have come together to grow thriving, resilient and sustainable communities across the UK. Places Called Home is a £1.5 million fund that aims to inspire and help people get more involved in their local community as a positive, homely place to be and meet other people. The programme is now closed to applications.

The Climate Action Fund is supporting communities across the UK to take action on climate change. These communities will demonstrate what is possible when people take the lead in tackling climate change. The programme is currently closed to applications.

The Emerging Futures Fund aims to equip civil society with the skills and resources required to anticipate, imagine and shape the future. The programme is now closed to applications.

Digital Infrastructure Fund aims to equip civil society organisations with the digital infrastructure and capability it needs to be responsive and adaptive. The programme is now closed to applications.

Leaders with Lived Experience 2020 supports organisations set up or run by people with first-hand experience of a social issue. This funding programme ensures that lived experience leadership plays a key role in shaping how communities move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of COVID-19. The programme is now closed to applications.