National Lottery Awards for All Wales

National Lottery funding can help you to make a difference in your community. We offer funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

We're open to all applications for community projects that meet our criteria. This includes support responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Ongoing

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How to apply

We're open to all applications for community projects that meet our criteria. This includes support responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Lottery funding can help you to make a difference in your community. We offer funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

Through our National Lottery Awards for All programme, we’re looking to support projects that are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by: 

  • supporting organisations to adapt or diversify to respond to new and future challenges 
  • supporting communities adversely affected by COVID-19 
  • supporting communities and organisations to become more resilient to help them to respond better to future crises. 

Although we are supporting responses to the pandemic, your project does not have to be related to COVID-19 to be funded.

If you are applying for something that is not related to Covid-19, then your project must meet at least one of our usual funding priorities, which are:

  • Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • Improve places and spaces that matter to communities
  • Help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest stage

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It takes around 12 weeks to get a decision from us

We need this time to assess your application. If we do decide to fund you, we'll then pay you two weeks later.

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. 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.

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.

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

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What happens after you apply?

  1. You send us your application – we'll 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.
  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.

Already received a grant from National Lottery Awards for All?  Find the logo here

Who can apply

We're open to all applications for community projects that meet our criteria. This includes support responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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. 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 (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).

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The projects we fund

The projects we fund

As part of our COVID-19 response we will support projects that are:

  • supporting organisations to adapt or diversify to respond to new and future challenges 
  • supporting communities adversely affected by COVID-19 
  • supporting communities and organisations to become more resilient to help them to respond better to future crises. 

Although we are supporting responses to the pandemic, your project does not have to be related to COVID-19 to be funded.

If you are applying for something that is not related to COVID-19, then your project must meet at least one of our usual funding priorities, which are:

  • Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • Improve places and spaces that matter to communities
  • Help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest stage

You must involve your community in your project

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.

Delivering your project in Welsh

When you receive funding from The National Lottery Community Fund for a project in Wales, you'll need to deliver it in Welsh as well as English and make sure all your activities are available to your community in both languages. For further information read our guidance on managing your project bilingually or contact the Welsh Language Team at welshlanguage.advice@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

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
  • costs associated with delivering your project bilingually such as translation costs
  • 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

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