You can find this information in British Sign Language (BSL) at the bottom of this page.
How to apply
We only have a limited amount of funding to award
There will be high demand for this funding, and we will have to make some tough choices. We expect the fund to be heavily oversubscribed and anticipate only being able to support a proportion of applications.
So please only ask for what you need to support communities for up to 6 months and please bear with us as our funding teams respond to the demand. Make sure you also check who can and cannot apply before filling out the application form.
We'll assess applications in the order we receive them. We know you need funding quickly.
We’ll monitor demand closely and update you on any steps we might need to take to help manage the number of applications we get, so that we can get funding out to communities as quickly as possible.
The application below is the same for both government and our funding
The application you need to fill in is the same whether your funding comes from the Government or from us. So you don't need to tell us which pot of funding you want to go for.
If you can't apply for National Lottery funding, so specifically need the government funding
If you're a group that's looking for government funding, because you can't accept funding from The National Lottery, please tell us in your application.
The time it takes to get a decision from us may vary
For now this programme is only funding projects helping communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll try and tell you our decision as soon as possible. We are reviewing the situation on an on-going basis and will share any updates or developments on our website.
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.
What information you need to apply
We ask for the contact details, home addresses and dates of birth of two different people from your organisation. Both contacts need different email addresses.
One person should be someone we can talk to if we have any questions about your project. The other should be a senior member of your organisation, who'll be legally responsible for the funding. Both need to live in the UK.
These two people can’t be:
- related by blood
- married to each other
- in a civil partnership with each other
- in a long-term relationship with each other
- living together at the same address.
We ask for the legal name of your organisation - and its address. And what type of organisation it is
Make sure these are up to date and match up with any information or identity documents we ask for (when you get to the application part).
We ask for information about your organisation’s accounts
We want to know the date your accounts wrap up each year and how much income you have.
If you don’t have yearly accounts because you’re a new organisation (less than 15 months old) that’s okay. We can still look at your application.
We ask for a bank statement from the last 3 months
It should show:
- your organisation's legal name
- address the statements are sent to
- your banks name
- the account code and sort number
- date the statement was issued.
We can’t pay into all bank accounts: We can’t transfer money into certain types of bank accounts like Tide, Cashplus and Paypal. This is because your bank account needs to be a registered UK bank.
We ask you for information about what sort of project you’d like to do
And how your project will help and involve your community.
We also ask you to read and agree to our terms and conditions
You can read the terms and conditions here. Or you can watch this video to get the terms and conditions in British Sign Language (BSL).
If you’re not sure about the sort of things we ask for when you apply
You can look at our Data Protection Statement to see how we use the personal data you give us, and look at this privacy notice to see how we use this data if you apply for emergency Government funding.
What happens after you apply?
- You send us your application – we’ll assess it. We’re now focusing on funding COVID-19 related projects, so they can start as soon as possible. During this time we'll look at your idea and do our security checks. You can find out more about the checks we do here.
- If your application is successful – we'll send you an email with the good news. You can start your project as soon as you get this email, if you want to. And we’ll put the funding in your bank account within 14 days (or sooner if possible).
- You can start spending the funding on your project – you have up to six months after being awarded funding to spend the money the way you said you would in your application (unless we’ve agreed to something different first). We might check in from time to time – to see how things are going.
Share your story – let people know about your grant and the amazing work you are doing in your community. Sharing news about your project with your community can be a great way to keep them involved and engaged. If your funding comes from the Government, here’s some information about how to publicise your grant. If your funding comes from us, you can find out more about how to promote your grant here. Your offer letter will also include details on where your funding is from and how to acknowledge your grant.
We'll also get in touch with you near the end of your funding and ask you about your progress, including:
- how many people you reached
- how many volunteers you worked with
- what you did
- what difference the funding has made.
You can also watch this video to get the above information in British Sign Language (BSL) for those who are hard of hearing: