The time it takes to get a decision from us may vary
Over the next six months we will prioritise applications that are COVID-19 related.
The application form requires you to insert a project start date 12 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.
We will try to respond to such applications as quickly as possible.
If you would like to put in an application that is not related to COVID-19, you are still welcome to do so. However, there is likely to be greater competition for our funding, and it may take us longer to get a decision from us.
If your application is not related to COVID-19 it should take 12 weeks to get a decision from us. However, it may take us longer to respond to such applications if demand is high.
If you're successful, it normally takes 2 weeks to pay the money to you.
You can contact us if you have any communication support needs that make completing an application form difficult or impossible for you. 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. 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 that 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.
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
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 – If your application is in response to COVID-19 we will get back to you with a decision as soon as possible. Otherwise, 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! And we’ll put the funding in your bank account within 14 days.
- 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.
- 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.