How to apply
There are two ways to tell us about your proposal. You can:
- tell us about your proposal using an online form
- email us or send us a video about your proposal.
Tell us about your proposal using an online form
You can see a full list of questions from the application form.
Email us or send us a video about your proposal
Tell us in your email or video:
- the name of your project
- where it'll take place
- what you'd like to do
- if and how demand for your services has changed
- how your work will involve your community
- how your project fits with local activities
- who will benefit from your project
- what difference your project will make
- how much money you need
- what you would spend the money on
- how long you need the money for
- the names of your partners and the background of you all working together
- what your organisation does and why you’re best placed to deliver your project.
Your video should be around five minutes long.
If you're going to take videos of people taking part in your project
Make sure you get their permission first. You'd normally do this with a consent form. Once you have the videos make sure they're stored safely.
How to email your proposal to our team in your area
Use this list to find the email address for the area that your project is based in. Or to contact us if you have any questions about sending us a video.
North East & Cumbria
Email the team on NEandCumbriaTeam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk.
Covering Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Stockton on Tees, Cleveland and Cumbria.
Email the team on NorthWestTeam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk.
Covering Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside
Yorkshire and Humber
Email the team on YorksAndHumberteam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk.
Covering North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire
Email the team on SouthWestTeam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk.
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
London, South East and East of England
Email the team on LondonAndSouthEastTeam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk.
Covering Greater London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Bedfordshire, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
East and West Midlands
Email the team on MidlandsTeam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk.
Covering Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire (except North and North East Lincolnshire), Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire.
Projects taking place across England
Email the team on EnglandTeam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk.
If you have any communication needs, or are not sure how to tell us about your proposal
You can contact us. We’re happy to talk about other ways for you to tell us about your funding proposal.
What happens after you send us your funding proposal:
We'll email to let you know we got your proposal
We may ask for more information before we can make an initial decision.
We'll try to let you know in around 12 weeks if we want to take your proposal further
If we do not want to take your proposal further we'll give you feedback explaining why.
If we want to take your proposal further, we'll contact you for more details
We'll ask for more information about your proposal and your organisation, including your organisation's financial accounts and current finances.
We'll do this in conversation with you. We’ll agree the best way to get all the information we need, at a pace that suits you.
Our panel makes a final decision
We'll be in touch to let you know if we’re going to fund your proposal or not.
If your proposal includes costs over £10,000 for land or buildings (capital costs)
We'll ask you for more information about these if we want to take your proposal further. These are sometimes called ‘capital costs’.
Capital costs might include:
- extending your building
- purchasing land or buildings
- creating a new building
- developing an external space like a community garden.
We’ll send you our land and buildings guidance and checklist. This covers the most important things you'll need to consider and a list of details we'll need - for example, on:
- land ownership
- permissions like planning consent
- what support we can offer in developing your proposal.
If you'd like a copy of the land and buildings guidance and checklist now, contact us.
What happens after we offer you the funding
Find out what to expect, and what you’ll need to do next, by reading our guidance on managing funding over £20,001.
You also need to sign an agreement with your partners before we pay your funding
The agreement should tell us:
- how you'll work together
- everyone's roles and responsibilities
- about your commitment to working together.
You can use our partnerships agreement template (Word document, 51 KB). Or you can create your own partnership agreement.
Our 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. The template is only for guidance, and we cannot give you legal advice. So make sure to get your own legal advice before signing any agreement if you’re not sure.
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.
Our terms and conditions
Read our terms and conditions.
BSL video: Partnerships
Watch British Sign Language interpretation of 'Partnerships' (YouTube)
See how we use the personal data you give us
By reading our data protection statement.
We do checks on the information you give us
As an organisation that gives out public funds, we carry out some checks on the information you give to us. Learn more about our checks.
Reduce your environmental footprint
The National Lottery Community Fund cares about our environment and we are always striving to manage our environmental impact. We encourage and support projects and communities to do the same. Learn more about how you and your partners 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.