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National Lottery Awards for All England

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A quick and simple way to get small National Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000.

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

Ongoing

Who can apply

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

You can apply if your organisation is a:

  • voluntary or community organisation

  • registered charity

  • constituted group or club

  • not-for-profit company or community interest company

  • social enterprise

  • school

  • statutory body (including town, parish and community council)

We cannot accept applications from:

  • individuals

  • sole traders

  • organisations that are aimed at generating profits primarily for private distribution, those not asset locked or organisations that can pay profits to directors or shareholders

  • CICs limited by shares

  • organisations based outside the UK

  • organisations that have already submitted a National Lottery Awards for All application and are currently awaiting a decision

  • one organisation on behalf of another.

What are we looking for in your application?

You meet at least one of our funding priorities

National Lottery Awards for All has three funding priorities. Tell us in your application how you meet at least one of them.

Our priorities are:

  • bringing people together and building strong relationships in and across communities
  • improving the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enabling more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Your project or activity is led by people

It’s important to us that you involve your community in the design, development and delivery of the activities you’re planning. We feel that your project or activity will be more successful as a result.

We encourage you to watch this short video as it may be helpful in explaining how to involve your community in the design, development and delivery of the activities you are planning.

If you’re a smaller organisation

We’re also keen to support smaller organisations and will consider your income when making a decision.

Have any questions?

Get in touch with a member of our advice team.

What you can spend the money on

We can fund a wide range of items, and below are some examples of these. This isn’t exhaustive, so you should contact us if you’re unsure.

We can fund:

  • equipment

  • one-off events

  • small capital projects

  • staff costs

  • training costs

  • transport

  • utilities/running costs

  • volunteer expenses.

We can’t fund:

  • alcohol

  • contingency costs, loans, endowments or interest

  • electricity generation and feed-in tariff payments.

  • paying someone else to write your application

  • political or religious activities

  • profit-making/fundraising activities

  • recoverable VAT

  • statutory activities.

What we need to know

Below is the information you’ll be asked to put in your application.

Take the time to make sure you’ve got everything you need before your apply online.

Contact details

You’ll need to give the names, contact details and dates of birth of two unconnected people from your organisation, one of whom will be the legally responsible contact for any grant awarded.

By unconnected we mean not related by blood or marriage, in a long-term relationship or living together at the same address.

Organisation details

What type of organisation are you? What is its full legal name and address and postcode?

Accounting details

What is your accounting year end date and total annual income?

To be eligible for funding you need to produce annual accounts, or have set up your organisation less than 15 months ago and not yet produced them.

Bank statement

Make sure you have a copy of your organisation’s bank statement from the last three months (or a bank welcome letter if you have opened a new account in the last three months).

This should be for the UK-based account you want us to pay your grant into, if you’re successful. You must have at least two unrelated people who are able to manage the account you want to use. The statement needs to show the:

  • organisation’s legal name
  • address the statements are sent to
  • bank name
  • account number and sort code
  • date.

See more detailed guidance on what we look for on your bank statements (PDF, 455KB)

If you are a school who uses a local authority bank account, please attach a letter from the local authority that confirms your school name, the bank account name and number and sort code. The letter must be on local authority headed paper and dated. Other statutory bodies can attach a letter from their finance department that confirms the details of the bank account funding would be paid into.

About your project

Project details

You’ll need to tell us:

  • the name of your project
  • when your project will start (this must be at least 12 weeks from when you submit your application)
  • where your project will take place
  • all the costs involved in your project
  • whether your project targets a specific group of people and, if so, who.

What you want to do

You’ll also have around 500 words to tell us about what you want your project to do.

There are two key areas that we will be looking at when making a decision - make sure your answer focuses on these as much as possible.

1. You meet at least one of our funding priorities, which are:

  • bringing people together and building strong relationships in and across communities
  • improving the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enabling more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

2. You involve your community in the design, development and delivery of the activities you’re planning. Tell us how you’ve done this.

Apply

Submit your application through our online form. Read our guidance for online applications (PDF 420KB) before you apply.

If you want to find out what information we'll ask for when you apply, see the What we need to know section.

Apply online

We aim to let you know our decision in about 14 weeks.

Get in touch

If you need more information, advice or support in completing your application (or need the application materials in an alternative format) please contact us at general.enquiries@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk or call our advice team on 0345 4 10 20 30.

Text relay users, please use 18001 plus 0345 4 10 20 30.

We’d also love to hear your feedback on how you found the experience of applying.

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Checks

As an organisation that gives out public funds, we carry out some checks on the information you provide us. Learn more about our checks