The Outdoor Partnership

Funding in Wales

The Outdoor Partnership

Our two main funding programmes – People and Places and National Lottery Awards for All remain open. Our priority is to keep money flowing to support communities that are having to adapt to the increasing challenges of COVID-19. We are also working closely with WCVA and other Funders to ensure we are forming the best support for Welsh communities.

We are therefore prioritising applications from:

  1. Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
  2. Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of COVID-19
  3. Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19

If you have already sent us an application, we will still assess it following our usual decision-making procedures, however we will be prioritising decisions as set out above. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss your application.

What funding is available?

When you have a project idea you want to put to us please give us a call to talk it through. We’ll be able to tell you if it’s something that we’d fund.

National Lottery Awards for All

£300–£10,000

  • For grassroots and community activity that aims to improve life for local people and neighbourhoods.
  • There’s no deadline, so you can apply at any time.
  • This is our most popular grants programme, so we will prioritise groups with smaller incomes.
  • Applying for this grant is quick and simple.

See programme

People and Places: Medium grants

£10,001–£100,000

  • Grants for voluntary or community groups.
  • We will fund revenue or capital expenditure lasting up to five years.
  • The most important thing is that you tell us about your community and how the project will make positive changes on the lives of people within it.
  • This is a one stage application process.

See programme

People and Places: Large grants

£100,001–£500,000

  • Grants for voluntary or community groups.
  • We will fund revenue or capital expenditure lasting up to five years.
  • The most important thing is that you tell us about your community and how the project will make positive changes on the lives of people within it.
  • This is a two stage application process.

See programme

Funding in Wales

  • 1,200 community and voluntary organisations funded in Wales

  • At least 50 projects funded in every local authority

  • £7.5m awarded to projects supporting children and young people

  • £8.6m awarded to projects supporting older people

  • £4.6m awarded to projects supporting people with disabilities

About the ideas we support

We believe people should be in the lead when improving their lives and communities. Our approach focuses on the skills and energy people can draw upon and the potential in their ideas. We are asking what matters to communities, not what’s the matter with them.

We are interested in ideas that support:

  • Strong relationships - supporting ideas that bring people together, strengthening relationships in and across communities.
  • Shared and sustainable places and spaces - supporting people to shape the places that matter to them, like a park, community centre or an online network.
  • Early Action — supporting activity that empowers people to fulfil their potential, working to address problems at the earliest stage. We do this through:
  • Funding grassroots community action across Wales.
  • Offering long-term, flexible funding and support to charities and community groups
  • Helping organisations to work together with others to improve communities and solve problems

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.