How to apply
Use the eligibility checking tool at the start of the application to help you find out if you are eligible to apply.
If you are eligible you can continue completing the application form.
Help with your application
To help local charities with their applications, we are partnering with a number of helper organisations to host online advice sessions.
- Northern Area Community Network, Thursday 6th August at 6pm.
- North Down Community Network, Friday 7th August at 11am.
- North West Community Network, Monday 10th August at 10am.
- Fermanagh Trust, Tuesday 11th August at 7.30pm.
To register for an event, contact email@example.com
We'll ask you about your charity's finances during the application process
You will be asked to provide some evidence to support your application including a copy of your latest bank statement, most recent annual or draft accounts, and you’ll need to complete a financial overview template giving us some detail of how your income and expenditure has been affected by the impact of COVID-19.
The below video tells you a bit more about the financial information we'll ask you for:
If it's difficult or impossible for you to complete an application form
You can contact us if you have any communication support needs. We’re happy to talk about alternative ways for you to tell us about your idea.
If your charity cannot accept National Lottery funding
The Department for Communities has appointed The National Lottery Community Fund to administer this funding programme as after consideration of options it was concluded that this provides the most effective and efficient route to getting the grants to the charities who need them most.
However, it should be noted that the funding source is Government and is not coming from The National Lottery, therefore by applying to The National Lottery Community Fund you will be accessing money from the Government and not from The National Lottery.
What happens after you apply
We anticipate that applications will be assessed and decisions made within four weeks of being received but it could take longer if demand is high. Payment will be made within seven days of acceptance of grant offer.
How we decide who receives funding
This funding is aimed at charities who have found themselves in financial difficulties, having exhausted all other avenues of support including internal reserves, other measures such as the Job Retention Scheme and all available hardship funds.
It is vital that this scheme supports and prioritises those charities who can no longer find a way to sustain their services and are at risk of closure.
The assessment will focus on answering:
- What is the minimum amount of funding that is needed to cover unavoidable costs until 30th September 2020?
- The extent to which the charity has put in place credible measures to adapt their services and mitigate the loss of income.
- The extent to which the community relies on the charity to deliver essential services.