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.

COVID-19 Response: All the funding decisions we make for the next six months will prioritise addressing the current crisis.

Across our England funding programmes, we will prioritise applications that are COVID-19 related.

This means we will prioritise applications from:

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
  • Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of COVID-19
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19

If you would like to put in an application that is not related to COVID-19, you are still welcome to do so. However, please be aware that there is likely to be greater competition for our funding and that we might not be able to get back to you for a period of up to 6 months.

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

Ongoing

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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.

The time it takes to get a decision from us may vary
We are prioritising applications that are COVID-19 related and we will try and tell you our decision as soon as possible.

The application form requires you to insert a project start date 18 weeks in the future but we know that COVID-19 applications may need to start sooner. We will be flexible with the project start date and it can be earlier than the date stated on the form.

If you would like to put in an application that is not related to COVID-19, you are still welcome to do so. However, please be aware that there is likely to be greater competition for our funding and that we might not be able to get back to you for a period of up to 6 months.

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 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 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 assess it. We’re now prioritising decisions for COVID-19 related projects, so they can start sooner. And it might take us up to six months to assess applications that aren’t about COVID-19.
  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?

Organisations that currently have National Lottery Awards for All funding can apply for a COVID-19 related project. We are allowing groups to hold up to a maximum of two awards within a 12-month period.

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 currently have National Lottery Awards for All funding, unless one of your applications/existing grants is a COVID-19 related project. We are allowing groups to hold up to a maximum of two awards within a 12-month period if one of them is a COVID-19 related project. If your organisation has National Lottery Awards grants in other countries in the UK, the maximum number of grants you can hold is one for each country, and one additional COVID-19 related grant
  • 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. Be careful of businesses or consultants who say they can support you with your funding applications. They might even say they’re acting on the Fund’s behalf, or they’re a preferred supplier of the Fund. They could even offer to write an application for you. We wouldn’t accept applications from these types of businesses or consultants. But you can get support and advice on writing your application from your local CVS (your local council for voluntary services).

If you’re a school or an organisation working in 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 (like a project teaching literacy during school hours)
  • projects that take place during teaching times (lunch breaks, or before and after school might be okay).

An example of the sort of school project we could fund

Things that would be seen as extras to the schools normal curriculum activities.

If you’re not sure if you can apply

Contact us.

The projects we fund

The projects we fund

As part of our COVID-19 response we will particularly seek to support:
  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
  • Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of COVID-19
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19

If you would like to put in an application that is not related to COVID-19, you are still welcome to do so. However, please be aware that there is likely to be greater competition for our funding and that we might not be able to get back to you for a period of up to 6 months.

Our usual funding priorities are below.

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 your project works with children, young people or vulnerable adults

You need to have a policy in place that explains how they'll be safe. And we might ask to see this policy, if we decide to give you funding. The NSPCC have lots of helpful advice about setting up and following good child safeguarding policies.

Projects that need insurance, qualifications or affiliations to a governing body

Depending on what you want to do, your project might need:

  • public liability insurance
  • leaders or instructors with special qualifications
  • an affiliation to a governing body.

You can ask us to cover these costs when you apply for funding (see what else you can spend the money on).

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 land or building projects (but make sure you own the land or building, have a lease that can't be ended for five years, have a letter from the owner saying the land or building will be leased to you for at least five years, or an official letter from the owner or landlord that says you're allowed to do work on the building) - you should also think about getting planning permission for the work too
  • staff costs
  • training costs
  • transport
  • utilities/running costs
  • volunteer expenses.

We encourage you to think about any organisational costs needed to help you and your community through the current crisis.

We can’t fund:

  • alcohol
  • contingency costs, loans, endowments or interest
  • political or religious activities
  • profit-making/fundraising activities
  • VAT you can reclaim
  • statutory activities
  • overseas travel.

If you're ready to start your application

Apply online Continue online application