National Lottery COVID-19 Fund – over £10,000 for partnerships

The Government allocation of funding to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF) has now closed to new applications.

We’re prioritising the assessing and awarding of funding to the organisations that have already applied for this funding.

You can still apply for emergency National Lottery funded grants in England to help your community through COVID-19.

National Lottery COVID-19 response funding
We want to support projects and organisations playing a vital role in helping their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We'll focus on organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

This category includes, for instance, organisations supporting older people; disabled people (including people with long-term health conditions); lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + (LGBTQ+) communities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities; all of whom are facing specific challenges during the current crisis. It also includes organisations who provide advice and support to those pushed in crisis as a result of the pandemic and those organisations supporting people and their families with end-of-life care.

There will continue to be high demand for our funding
Given the emergency, we are already heavily oversubscribed and anticipate only being able to support some of the applications. We are doing everything we can, but unfortunately have to make some difficult choices.

The amount of funding and length of funding
We’re looking to award funding to cover six months of expenditure. We expect most funding will be between £10,001 and £100,000. But we’ll consider larger awards or longer timeframes, particularly for organisations working across more than one area of England, on a case-by-case basis.

We’re currently listening to the sector ahead of closing our crisis funding and moving to offer support to recovery in the longer term for communities. If you’re looking for longer-term funding, we'll announce details of how to apply for this support in the autumn.

Area
England
Funding size
£10,001 to £100,000
Application deadline

Ongoing

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How to apply

We're already heavily oversubscribed and will not be able to support all applications.

We’re also still busy assessing applications for the emergency COVID-19 funding under the Government allocation of funding to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund.

So it might take a while before we’re able to make a decision on your application.

Please bear with us as our funding teams respond to this demand. We’ll assess applications in the order they’re submitted.

Make sure you also check who can and cannot apply before filling out the application form.

Find out more about the types of projects and organisations we’re prioritising.

If your proposal is eligible, we might ask for extra information after you send your proposal to us

After you send your COVID-19 project proposal, we might get in touch to ask about who will benefit from your project and how COVID-19 has affected your financial position and whether you will run out of money. Don’t worry, it’s okay to tell us if you’re struggling financially during the crisis – we’re only asking for this information so we can work out how best to support you.

  1. How do you expect COVID-19 to affect your plans for the next 6 months? For example:
    1. What difference is it making to your income and spending?
    2. Do you expect to be able to generate enough income to cover your costs?
    3. If not, how much additional income do you think you’ll need to cover costs?
    4. Are you worried that you might run out of cash? If so, when might that happen?
    5. How much cash or unrestricted reserves do you have that you could draw on if needed? How many months operating costs should that cover?
  2. What actions are you taking to mitigate the effect of COVID-19? For example, applying to furlough any staff through the Government Job Retention Scheme.

To help you answer these questions, we’ll provide you with a simple table for you to complete with some key financial information.

If you're requesting more than £50,000, we'll ask you to submit an up to date cashflow forecast or budget.

There are two ways to tell us about your proposal

1. You can tell us about your COVID-19 proposal online

Our online form makes it easier for you to tell us about your funding proposals.

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If you have any communication needs
Please contact us for help if completing a form is difficult or impossible for you. We’re happy to talk about other ways for you to tell us about your funding proposal.

2. If you don’t want to use our online form - you can email or send us a video instead

Here's what to tell us in your email or video:

  • the name of your project
  • where it'll take place
  • what you'd like to do - how has demand for your services changed?
  • how your work will involve your community
  • how your project fits with local activities
  • who will benefit from your project - how have they been affected by COVID-19?
  • what difference your project will make - how will it mitigate the impact of COVID-19?
  • how much money you need
  • how long you need the money for.

Here's where to send your email or video:

RegionEmail
North East & Cumbria

Covering Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Stockton on Tees, Cleveland and Cumbria

NEandCumbriateam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk
North West

Covering Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside

Northwestteam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk
Yorkshire and the Humber

Covering North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire

YorksandHumberteam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk
South West

Covering Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Swindon, Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, Devon, Torbay, Plymouth, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Southwestteam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk
London, South East and East of England
Covering Greater London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Bedfordshire, Peterbrough, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk
Londonandsoutheastteam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk
East and West Midlands
Covering Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire (except North and North East Lincolnshire), Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire
Midlandsteam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

If you’re not sure how to tell us about your funding proposal
Contact us.

You can look at our Data Protection Statement to see how we use the personal data you give us.

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Here's what will happen next, if we decide to fund you

You need to sign an agreement before we pay your funding
After being awarded funding, you and your partners have to sign an agreement that tells us:

  • how you'll work together
  • everyone's roles and responsibilities
  • your commitment to working together.

You can use our Partnerships Agreement template (if you want to)
Or you can create your own partnerships agreement. The template is helpful if you have one lead partner who gets all of the funding and passes some of it on to the other partners. Our template is for guidance only, and we cannot give you legal advice. So make sure to get your own legal advice before signing any agreement if you’re unsure.

If all of your partners will get their funding directly from us
Tell your local funding officer when you contact them about your project idea so we can support you to run a project like this.

We'll also get in touch with you near the end of your funding and ask you about your progress, including:

  • how many people you reached
  • how many volunteers you worked with
  • what you did
  • what difference the funding has made.
Who can and cannot apply

Who can and cannot apply?

The Government allocation of funding to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF) has now closed to new applications.

We’re prioritising the assessing and awarding of funding to the organisations that have already applied for this funding.

You can still apply for emergency National Lottery funded grants in England to help your community through COVID-19.

We want to support projects and organisations playing a vital role in helping their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic

We'll focus on organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

This category includes, for instance, organisations supporting older people; disabled people (including people with long-term health conditions); lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + (LGBTQ+) communities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities; all of whom are facing specific challenges during the current crisis. It also includes organisations who provide advice and support to those pushed in crisis as a result of the pandemic and those organisations supporting people and their families with end-of-life care.

Who can apply

You can apply if you’re an organisation that serves communities within England and is one of the following:

  • a registered, exempt or excepted charity
  • a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
  • a community interest company (by guarantee or shares)
  • a community benefit society
  • a co-operative society - you must have a not-for-profit 'asset lock' clause in your society rules and also be registered with the Financial Conduct Authority
  • a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee - you must be a registered charity or have a not-for-profit 'asset lock' clause in your articles of association.

What partnerships we can fund:

We can fund a partnership (both new partnerships, and one that’s already been set up) as long as they're led by a voluntary or community organisation. This includes:

  • a registered charity or charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
  • a not-for-profit company, including companies limited by guarantee and Community Interest Companies (CICs) with two or more directors.

Who we cannot accept applications from:

  • organisations that have already applied to us for COVID-19 funding (whether successful or unsuccessful) through the Government Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF), since 22 May 2020
  • statutory bodies (including town, parish and community councils)
  • schools
  • individuals
  • sole traders
  • organisations based outside the UK
  • anyone who's applying for another organisation
  • organisations that look to make profits and share these profits out privately. This includes organisations without the right asset locks. Or organisations that can pay profits to directors or shareholders – this might mean some CICs limited by shares.

We also cannot accept applications from organisations that don't have at least two people on their board and committee who are not:

  • related by blood
  • married to each other
  • in a civil partnership with each other
  • in a long-term relationship with each other
  • living together at the same address.

If you’re not sure if you can apply

Contact us.

The projects we fund

When organisations work in partnership, they help communities to thrive - by focusing on the bigger picture, rather than just what their organisation can do on its own.

We’re looking for partnerships where everyone takes responsibility to work toward their shared goals together while offering their own insights and perspectives. We call this 'generous leadership'.

We like to see projects that can test new approaches to issues in the community. And projects that are committed to equalities and the environment.

There are different types of partnership:

  • cross-sector partnerships
  • local, place-based collaboration
  • local and national organisations working together around a particular theme.

We can help if you're struggling financially because of COVID-19
We know that COVID-19 has affected lots of organisations' finances. We can help you make up for some of the losses, so you can keep helping your community through the pandemic and continue to support them after.

What types of projects we’re funding

We want to support projects and organisations playing a vital role in helping their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We'll focus on organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

This category includes, for instance, organisations supporting older people; disabled people (including people with long-term health conditions); lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + (LGBTQ+) communities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities; all of whom are facing specific challenges during the current crisis. It also includes organisations who provide advice and support to those pushed in crisis as a result of the pandemic and those organisations supporting people and their families with end-of-life care.

As far as possible, we're also looking for organisations to be people-led, strengths-based and connected

People-led

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.

You might want to ask yourself:

  • Have I spoken to the people in my community?
  • Have the people in my community told me what they need and what's important to them?
  • Have I listened to them and used what they've said to create my project?

This short video explains it well. It might be helpful when you’re putting your application together.

Strengths-based

We’d like to support people and communities to build on the knowledge, skills and experience they already have, to make the changes they want.

You might want to ask yourself:

  • What’s already working in my community?
  • How will my project add to these positive things that are already working?
  • How will my project make the most of any resources that are already helping my community?

Connected

We want to know that you’ve a good understanding of other activities and services in your community. We’d like to see how you’ll compliment these. So you can add value to what’s already there.

You might want to ask yourself:

  • Have I spoken to other groups in the area that are doing something similar to my project?
  • Have I thought about how we can all help each other?

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. NCVO also host a number of safeguarding resources. If we do fund your organisation, you must comply with our safeguarding policy.

What you can spend the money on

We can fund:

  • investments in your systems
  • investments in your people
  • investments in your infrastructure
  • dedicated capacity development
  • staff salaries
  • project activities
  • running costs
  • small-scale refurbishment
  • equipment
  • organisational development
  • contributions to fixed costs.

We cannot fund:

  • activities that make profits for private gain
  • campaigning activities (this fund is to support the delivery of direct services for vulnerable people)
  • religious activities (we can fund religious organisations if their project benefits the wider community and doesn’t include religious content)
  • political or lobbying activities
  • things you’ve spent money on in the past and are looking to claim for now
  • loan repayments.

If you're ready to tell us about your funding proposal

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