If you are looking for funding for a community or voluntary organisation, the National Lottery Awards for All is a good place to start, from 15th November 2023, you can apply for up to £20,000 compared to £10,000 previously and have two years instead of one in which to spend the funding you receive.

 

Awards for All supports community organisations with all kinds of projects and activities in their local area. The important thing is that your project brings people together and helps to strengthen the community. Projects should involve the community and people helped should be involved in running your organisation and making decisions.

 

More than 11,600 National Lottery Awards for All grants were made in the UK last year, totalling £98 million. These were awarded in almost every local authority, with one grant made every ten minutes.

 

You can apply for funding to deliver a new or existing activity or to support your organisation to change and adapt to new and future challenges.

 

Awards for All funding is for projects and organisations which aim to:

 

  • build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage
  • support people, communities and organisations that are facing increased demands and challenges as a direct result of the cost-of-living crisis.

 

Applications are accepted from constituted voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and statutory bodies such as local authorities and community councils.

 

Note that funding is not usually available to schools except where the main focus of the project is to benefit the wider community.

 

Awards for All can be used for the following: your organisation’s running costs, equipment, one-off events, staff costs, training costs, transport, utilities, volunteer expenses, and small land or refurbishment projects.

 

You can apply at any time but are advised to apply at least 16 weeks before you want to start the activities or spend any of the money.

 

If you are thinking about applying for an Awards for All grant, please contact Steven Chown, our Community Funding Advisor. He has said “I will be more than happy to review your application as a critical friend and provide advice on the eligibility criteria.”

 

You can contact Steven by emailing [email protected] for an initial conversation

 

Deadline: You can apply at any time but you must allow 16 weeks before you plan to start your project.

 

Full details are available on their website: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/national-lottery-awards-for-all-england

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