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
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:
companies that can pay profits to directors, shareholders or members (including Companies 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
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 on behalf of another.
What we're looking for in your application
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
- enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.
Your project also has to put people in the lead
It’s important to us that you involve your community in the design, development and delivery of the activities you’re planning. We feel your project will be more successful if you involve your community.
This short video explains it well. It might be helpful when you’re putting your application together.
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 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.
Have any questions?
Get in touch with a member of our advice team.