A quick and simple way to get small National Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000.

Area
England
Suitable for
Voluntary or community organisations
Funding size
£300 to £10,000
Application deadline
Ongoing
Who can apply? Arrow pointing down

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

You can apply if your organisation is a:

  • voluntary or community organisation

  • registered charity

  • constituted group or club

  • not-for-profit company or community interest company

  • social enterprise

  • school

  • statutory body (including town, parish and community council).

We cannot accept applications from:

  • individuals

  • sole traders

  • companies that are aimed at generating profits primarily for private distribution

  • organisations based outside the UK

  • applications made by one organisation on behalf of another.

What are we looking for in your application?

National Lottery Awards for All has three funding priorities and you must be able to tell us in your application how your project or activity will:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities

  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities

  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

It’s important to us that you involve your community in the design, development and delivery of the activities you’re planning. We feel that your project or activity will be more successful as a result.

We’re also keen to support smaller organisations and will consider your income when making a decision.

We encourage you to watch this short video as it may be helpful in explaining how to involve your community in the design, development and delivery of the activities you are planning.

Webinars

Our Funding Officers run weekly webinars about National Lottery Awards for All.

They talk through eligibility criteria, what makes a strong proposal and how to engage people in your community. You also have the chance to ask questions.

Register for a webinar

What can you spend the money on? Arrow pointing down

We can fund a wide range of items, and below are some examples of these. This isn’t exhaustive, so you should contact us if you’re unsure.

We can fund:

  • equipment

  • one-off events

  • small capital projects

  • staff costs

  • training costs

  • transport

  • utilities/running costs

  • volunteer expenses.

We can’t fund:

  • alcohol

  • contingency costs, loans, endowments or interest

  • electricity generation and feed-in tariff payments.

  • paying someone else to write your application

  • political or religious activities

  • profit-making/fundraising activities

  • recoverable VAT

  • statutory activities.

How do you apply? Arrow pointing down

There are currently two ways to apply, via PDF application form or via a trial online application form.

Applying via email or post

The usual method for applying is via a PDF form that you email or post to us. To apply this way:

  1. Please read this guidance document first (PDF 650KB).
  2. Save the application form (PDF 700KB) to your computer and open it with the latest version of Adobe Reader. Do not use Preview or any other application. Please note we are no longer able to accept older versions of the application form.
  3. The easiest way is to fill in the form within the file itself – you don’t need to print it off, unless you prefer to send it by post.
  4. Email or post the completed application form to us.

We’ll let you know our decision in about 14 weeks.

If you need more information, please contact us at general.enquiries@biglotteryfund.org.uk or call our advice team on 0345 4 10 20 30. Text relay users, please use 18001 plus 0345 4 10 20 30.

Applying using the trial online form

We are trialling a new application process with a small number of users. If you are part of the online trial continue your application here.

Checks

As an organisation that gives out public funds, we carry out some checks on the information you provide us. Learn more about our checks