National Lottery Awards for All - Fundraising Working Group Sessions

The National Lottery raises money for good causes. Any project needs to involve people and communities from the start to build on people’s strengths and connected them to their community. Examples can be equipment, one-off events, staff costs, training costs, transport, utilities and volunteer expenses. These examples need to be linked to the overall project building strengths in communities.

People use this funding to do extraordinary things, taking the lead to improve their lives and communities. Every time you buy a National Lottery ticket, you help make this happen. Communities come in all shapes and sizes, and National Lottery funding is there for everyone.

There are 12 distributors of money raised by the players of The National Lottery, which fund projects and activities that transform communities, protect heritage, and enrich lives through arts, sports and culture.

Our Information sheets aim to give you enough info to help you understand whether:
A) This funder will support your work.
B) Your project fits the criteria
C) The application process.
D) Whether it’s worth your time applying for this particular fund.

If you do decide to apply, please do not rely on this page to give you all the information – make sure you go to the funder’s website and read all the information and guidance they provide.

Please note: This information sheet was created by Bradford Producing Hub to support artists to understand funder opportunities and criteria. The information is accurate as of 23/06/2021. 

Who Can Apply

You can apply if your organisation is a:

✔  Voluntary and community organisation.

✔  Constituted group or club.

✔  Registered charity.

✔  Charitable incorporated organisation (CIO).

✔  Not-for-profit company.

✔  Community interest company (CIC).

✔  School (as long as your project benefits and involves the communities around the school).

✔  Statutory body (including local authorities, town, parish and community council).

✔  Community benefit society.


They can support you to:

✔  Continue to deliver activity – whether your community needs crisis response, recovery or business as usual activity.

✔  Change and adapt, becoming more resilient to respond to new and future challenges.

In order to support communities to thrive, they 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.

Given the on-going pandemic, they expect continued high demand for their funding and they will have to make some tough choices. Please bear with them as their funding teams respond to the demand.

Who they cannot accept applications from:

✔  Individuals.

✔  Sole traders.

✔  Organisations based outside the UK.

✔  One organisation applying on behalf of another. Be careful of businesses or consultants who say they can support you with your funding applications. They might even say they’re acting on the Fund’s behalf, or they’re a preferred supplier of the Fund. They could even offer to write an application for you. We would not accept applications from these types of businesses or consultants. But, you can get support and advice on writing your application from your local CVS (your local council for voluntary services).

✔  Companies that can pay profits to directors, shareholders or members (including Companies Limited by Shares).

✔  Organisations that currently have National Lottery Awards for All funding – they can only fund your organisation for a maximum of £10,000 within a 12-month period. And you can only hold one grant, for each different country in the UK, at a time. If you want to apply for a new grant – you’ll need to wait until your last grant with them is closed (this does not include any Coronavirus Community Support (CCSF) funding you’ve been awarded).

✔  Organisations that have already sent a National Lottery Awards for All application and are waiting for a decision.

What You Can Apply For

✔  Your organisation’s running costs.

✔  Small land or refurbishment projects (but make sure you own the land or building, have a lease that cannot be ended for five years, have a letter from the owner saying the land or building will be leased to you for at least five years, or an official letter from the owner or landlord that says you’re allowed to do work on the building). You should also think about getting planning permission for the work too.

✔  Equipment.

✔  One-off events.

✔  Staff costs.

✔  Training costs.

✔  Transport.

✔  Utilities.

✔  Volunteer expenses.

Key dates for assessment: Ongoing.

Grant range: £300 to £10,000, for up to one year.

Area: England

What Information Do You Need To Apply

They ask for the contact details, home addresses and dates of birth of two different people from your organisation. Both contacts need to have different email addresses.

One person should be someone they can talk to if they have any questions about your project. The other should be a senior member of your organisation, who’ll be legally responsible for the funding. 

These two people cannot be:

✔  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.

They ask for the legal name of your organisation – and its address. And what type of organisation it is.

Make sure these are up to date and match up with any information or identity documents they ask for (when you get to the application part).

They ask for information about your organisation’s accounts.

They want to know the date your accounts wrap up each year and how much income you have.

If you do not have yearly accounts because you’re a new organisation (less than 15 months old), that’s okay. They can still look at your application.

They ask for a bank statement from the last three months. It should show:

✔  Your organisation’s legal name.

✔  The address the statements are sent to.

✔  Your bank’s name.

✔  The account code and sort number.

✔  The date the statement was issued.

What Happens After Your Apply

✔  Application sent – they’ll get back to you with a decision in around 12 weeks. During these 12 weeks, they look at your idea and do their security checks. You can find out more about the checks they do. They might give you a call within those 12 weeks, to talk a little more about your idea or ask for more information.

✔  If your application is successful – they’ll send you an email with the good news. You can start your project as soon as you get this email, if you want to. And they’ll put the funding in your bank account within 14 days (or sooner, if possible).

✔  You can start spending the funding on your project – you should spend the funding the way you said you would in your application (unless they’ve agreed to something different first). They might check in from time to time – to see how things are going. Find out more about managing your funding.

✔  Share your story – let people know about your grant and the amazing work you’re doing in your community. Sharing news about your project with your community can be a great way to keep them involved and engaged. You can find out more about how to promote your grant. Your award email will also include details on how to publicise your grant and let people know about how your project is supporting people in your community.

Please note information has been directly taken from the National Lottery Awards for All England website, please keep up to date with most recent guidelines and updates via their website.