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Awards for All Northern Ireland

Giving groups a quick and easy way to get small Lottery grants of between £500 and £10,000
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Northern Ireland
Funding size:
£500 - £10,000
Application deadline:
See programme details

What’s it all about?


Awards for All is a quick and easy way to get small Lottery grants of between £500 and £10,000 for projects that last for a year at most (they can be shorter).

You can apply at any time and you will normally hear our decision around 3 or 4 months after we receive your completed application.

Read the guidance notes to find more about applying. To be able to use the application form you will need an up to date version of Adobe Reader. Then you can download the application form, fill it in, save it, print it, sign it and send it back to us at this address:

Big Lottery Fund
1 Cromac Quay
Cromac Wood
Ormeau Road

Getting in touch with us:

If you have any questions our Outreach team will be happy to help you.  We are in the office Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.  Ring the main office number 028 90551455 and the receptionist will put you through.

Or you can send us an email to enquiries.ni@biglotteryfund.org.uk

We have some helpful factsheets, based on the questions we get asked.  The topics include: Bank statements and bank details form, Accounts, Governing documents, Captial works, common mistakes when filling out the application form, advice for schools, and getting quotations.

What are we looking for?

This is a competitive grant programme. We assess the applications sent to us and make decisions on which projects we will fund.

We check if your project meets the aims of the Awards for All programme and if it also meets any priorities. Further information on the aims and priorities are in the guidance notes.

The guidance notes also contain a list of what we can fund. We check if the items you are asking for meet our rules and if the amount of money is reasonable. Show us how you have worked out your costs. (See our factsheet on quotations).

We do not want groups to give the application to a consultant to write – we want you to tell us about your project in your own words. We aren’t looking for ‘keywords’ or reams of data and technical sounding jargon. Be brief and to the point. Show us that you have the ability to make the project a success.

Make sure that you have included all the documents needed (if we need to ask you for more information, we give you 10 working days to supply it).

You may find these factsheets useful: Bank statements and bank details form, accounts, governing documents, capital works, common mistakes when filling out the application form.

Who can apply?

You can apply if you are a voluntary or community organisation, or a statutory organisation.

Voluntary or community organisations need to have a written governing document, but do not need to be a registered charity to apply. See our factsheet on governing documents.

Schools should follow the instructions in the guidance notes for statutory organisations. We also have a handy factsheet for schools that answers some of the questions we get asked most often.

What can you apply for?

Your project will be shaped by the needs of the people you want to help. We want you to come up with ideas that will bring real improvements to communities and to lives of people who are most in need.

The projects that we fund will help people to:
• participate in their communities to bring about positive change
• develop their skills and widen their experiences
• work towards better and safer communities
• improve their physical and mental health and well being.

Examples could be:
• workshops, lunch clubs, information events, support groups
• pilot projects and work that develops the skills of volunteers and committee members
• projects that help people with disabilities or people who are isolated to play a fuller part in local life.
• small improvements to a building or outdoor space that can be used and enjoyed by the community

You can put a number of ideas together within one project.

Note: We can fund the direct costs of the project you are applying for, but there are some costs that we cannot meet such as salaries and your organisation’s ongoing running costs such as rent and rates.

See the guidance notes for information on our aims and priorities, how to apply and what we will not fund.


Organisation Types

  • Voluntary or community organisation
  • Public sector organisation