How to apply
Apply online Continue online application
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 other ways for you to tell us about your idea. For example, EasyRead or accessible PDF.
Apply 12 weeks before you need the funding
We’ll tell you our decision as soon as we can. This usually takes us around 12 weeks.
If you're successful, it normally takes 2 weeks to pay the money to you.
You can only have one Awards for All grant at a time
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 closed. You will not be eligible if you’ve already sent an application for National Lottery Awards for All funding and are waiting for a decision.
If you want to reapply for more money, we can only fund your organisation for a maximum of £20,000 within a 12-month period.
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 reading all the applications we’ve received. So there are often lots of projects we cannot fund, even the good ones.
What information you need to apply
You can see a full list of questions from the application form.
We ask for the contact details, home addresses and dates of birth of two different people from your organisation. We need a different email address for each person.
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. Both need to live in the UK.
These two people cannot be related. Related can mean:
- related by marriage
- in a civil partnership with each other
- in a long-term relationship with each other
- related through a long term partner
- living together at the same address
- related by blood.
We ask for the legal name of your organisation. And its address. And what type of organisation it is
Check these details before applying. Also check any registration numbers if you have them – like a charity number or company number. It will slow down your application if these details are not right.
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 do not have yearly accounts because you’re a new organisation (less than 15 months old) that’s OK. We can still look at your application.
We ask for a bank statement from the last 3 months
It should show:
- the bank logo
- your organisation's legal name
- address the statements are sent to
- your bank's name
- the account number and sort code
- date the statement was issued.
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 ask you if your project will focus on particular people - for example people of a particular age, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
It’s fine if you do not target any of these groups in particular. We do not use this information to decide if you get the funding.
But this information is still important to help us monitor who benefits from our National Lottery funding.
We also ask you to read and agree to our terms and conditions
You can have a look at the terms and conditions.
If you’re not sure about the sort of things we ask for when you apply
What happens after you apply?
- You send us your application – we'll aim to get back to you with a decision in around 12 weeks. During these 12 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 12 weeks, to talk a little more about your idea, or ask for more information.
- 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 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 how to manage your funding.
- 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 promote your project. We’ll make a press announcement and share your story too. To show you have received funding you can also download the National Lottery Awards for All Scotland logo (PNG, 396 KB).
Reduce your environmental footprint
The National Lottery Community Fund cares about our environment and are always striving to manage our environmental impact. We encourage and support projects and communities to do the same. Learn more about how you can make your project or event more environmentally sustainable and perhaps save money at the same time in our guidance on reducing your environmental footprint.
British Sign Language (BSL) video - how to apply
Watch BSL interpretation of how to apply to National Lottery Awards for All Scotland (YouTube):