There are two ways to tell us about your proposal
1. You can tell us about your Reaching Communities proposal online
Our online form makes it easier for you to tell us about your funding proposals.
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 do not want to use our online form - you can email or send us a video instead
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
- what difference your project will make
- how much money you need
- what you intend to spend the money on
- how long you need the money for
- what your organisation does and why you’re best placed to deliver your project.
Your video only needs to be around five minutes long.
If you're going to take videos of people taking part in your project
Make sure you get their consent first. You'd normally do this with a consent form. Once you have the videos make sure they're stored safely.
Here's where to send your email or video (or who to contact if you have any questions about sending us a video):
|North East & Cumbria
Covering Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Stockton on Tees, Cleveland and Cumbria
Covering Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside
|Yorkshire and Humber
Covering North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire
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 |
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
|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
|Projects taking place across England||Englandteam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk|
What happens after you tell us about your funding proposal:
- We'll email to let you know we got your proposal
- We may ask for more information before an initial decision can be made
- We'll try to let you know if your proposal is something we're interested in progressing further in around 12 weeks
- If your proposal is something we do not want to take further at this time, we'll provide feedback explaining why
- If we're interested in progressing your proposal, we'll contact you to explain the next steps of the application stage. 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 and agree the best way to get the additional information we require to complete an assessment, at a pace that suits you, arriving at a final proposal and recommendation that will be presented to a decision-making panel.
- After the panel we'll be in touch to let you know if your proposal has been offered funding or not.
If we’re interested in your proposal, and your plans include ‘capital costs’ over £10,000, we'll ask you for more information. These ‘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 key things you'll need to consider and a list of details we'll need - for example, on:
- land ownership
- key 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.
Here’s what happens after we give you the funding
Once you’ve been awarded over £10,000 of funding from us, here’s what to expect. This page will also let you know about the things you need to do too.
BSL video: Reaching Communities
Watch British Sign Language interpretation of 'Reaching Communities' (YouTube)
If you’re not sure how to tell us about your funding proposal
You can also read our Data Protection Statement to see how we use the personal data you give us.
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Read our terms and conditions.
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 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.