New Routes

National Lottery Awards for All England

New Routes

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
Application deadline

Ongoing

Apply

How to apply

We moved to a new online application form on Tuesday 1 October 2019
You have to set up an account to use this application form - even if you already had an account with us before Tuesday 1 October.

It might take a bit longer than usual to get a decision from us
It could take up to 18 weeks for us to tell you our decision, with a further two weeks to pay your grant if you're successful.

Apply online Continue online application

We only have a certain amount of funding to award
We get a lot of applications, and many of them are for really worthwhile projects. This means we have to make some tough decisions around which projects we can fund, when looking at all of the applications we've received. So there are often lots of projects we can't fund - even the good ones.

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 reponsible 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 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.

Here’s a handy picture of the kind of bank statement we’re looking for.

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 have a look at the terms and conditions here.

If you’re not sure about the sort of things we ask for when you apply

Contact us.

What happens after you apply?

  1. You send us your application – we'll get back to you with a decision in around 18 weeks. During these 18 weeks we look at your idea and do our security checks. You can find out more about the checks we do. We might give you a call within those 18 weeks, to talk a little more about your idea, or ask for more information.
  2. If your application is successful – we'll send you an email with the good news! And we’ll put the funding in your bank account within 14 days.
  3. You can start spending the funding on your project – you should spend the funding 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. Find out more about managing your funding.
  4. Share your story – you can tell your local community, share your good news on social media, or get in touch with local newspapers. There’s some information about how to publicise your grant. We’ll make a press announcement and share your story too. You can also download a logo for you to use to show you have National Lottery Awards for All funding.
Who can apply

Who can apply?

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
  • school (as long as your project benefits and involves the communities around the school)
  • statutory body (including town, parish and community council).

If you’re a smaller organisation

We’re keen to fund smaller organisations too. So we’ll look at your income when we’re making a decision.

Who we can’t accept applications from:

  • individuals
  • sole traders
  • Companies that can pay profits to directors, shareholders or members (including Companies Limited by Shares)
  • organisations based outside the UK
  • organisations that have already sent a National Lottery Awards for All application and are waiting for a decision
  • organisations that currently have National Lottery Awards for All funding - we can only fund your organisation for a maximum of £10,000 within a 12 month period. And you can only hold one grant, for each different country in the UK, at a time. If you want to apply for a new grant - you’ll need to wait until your last grant with us is coming to an end
  • organisations that don't have at least two people on their board or committee who aren't married, in a long-term relationship, living together at the same address, or related by blood
  • one organisation applying on behalf of another.

If you’re a school

Make sure your project strengthens the community outside of the school too. So it should benefit, and involve, more than just teachers, pupils, and parents of pupils.

The kinds of school projects we don’t usually fund:

  • projects to improve school facilities or equipment
  • projects to help with staff training
  • projects that are part of the school curriculum
  • projects that involve activities the school should already be providing
  • projects that take place during teaching times (lunch breaks, or before and after school might be okay).

If you’re not sure if you can apply

Contact us.

The projects we fund

The projects we fund

A good application should do at least one of these three things:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.

Your project also has to involve your community

We believe that people understand what's needed in their communities better than anyone. So it’s important to us that you involve your community in the design, development and delivery of the activities you’re planning.

This short video explains it well. It might be helpful when you’re putting your application together.

If your project focuses on sports, arts or heritage

We’ve made a few changes around how we fund sports, arts and heritage projects. We’re looking for projects where the main aim is to strengthen your community in some way.

What we mean by strengthening your community

We know most sports, arts and heritage projects are good for communities generally. But we’re looking for projects that do a little more.

An example of the kind of sports project we might fund

Let’s think about a football group for young people. Football is good exercise, so it promotes health (which is great). But we’re looking at how that activity strengthens the other people in the community too.

Maybe it helps the community with social isolation. Or the project might aim to move young people away from anti-social behaviour.

There might be other types of funding for you

If you’ve read through this page and feel like this funding isn’t quite right for your project - have a look on our website to find other funders in the National Lottery family

If you’re not sure about the sort of projects we fund, have a look at what we've funded previously. And you can always contact us too.

What you can spend the money on

What can you spend money on?

This list doesn't include everything. So, if you're not sure, contact us.

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
  • paying someone else to write your application for you
  • political or religious activities
  • profit-making/fundraising activities
  • VAT you can reclaim
  • statutory activities.

If you're ready to start your application

Apply online Continue online application