Funding projects that help people and communities most in need.

Suitable for
Voluntary or community organisations
Total available
£160m this financial year
Application deadline

What’s it all about?

In England, we are changing the application process for Reaching Communities. This is an important part of our ambition to make it easier for groups and communities to apply for National Lottery funding, and to help improve our ability to make the best funding decisions possible.

In order to deliver this, we have implemented a temporary pause on the submission of new Reaching Communities applications until Monday 2 April. This will enable us to train-up new team members and embed new ways of working before reopening the offer. All applications received before 15 January will be processed in the existing manner.

During this time we will continue to accept stage two applications, please refer to our email inviting you to stage two for your submission deadline.

If you have any questions please contact our Big Advice team on 0345 4 10 20 30 or email

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