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International Communities

Helping disadvantaged communities around the world
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Countries outside the UK
Funding size:
£50,000 - £500,000
Total available:
Up to £80 million
Application deadline:
31/03/2014 17:00:00

What’s it all about?

International programme

The International Communities programme closed to Stage 1 applications on 31 March 2014. Should you have any queries please contact us at enquiries.international@biglotteryfund.org.uk

The International Communities programme helped disadvantaged communities around the world. International Communities had a budget of up to £80 million between 2010 and 2015.

What are we looking for?

We want communities to be at the heart of International Communities. We will fund effective projects that tackle the causes of poverty and deprivation and bring about a long-term difference to the lives of the most disadvantaged people in the world. These will result in the following programme outcomes:

  • Improved primary education for the most disadvantaged girls and boys
  • Improved health for the most disadvantaged people
  • Improved access to and use of natural resources to benefit the most disadvantaged people
  • Improved ability for the most disadvantaged people to exercise their human rights
  • Improved livelihoods for the most disadvantaged people by enabling communities in need, both rural and urban, to reduce poverty in a sustainable way.

Who can apply?

International Communities is open to UK based non-governmental organisations and voluntary and community sector organisations working with overseas partner(s) in Africa, Asia (including some Pacific and Central Asian countries), the Middle East, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and parts of Eastern Europe (excluding EU member countries and acceding countries).

What can you apply for?

We will pay for:

  • Revenue based projects lasting from two to five years of between £50,000 and £500,000 which meet at least one programme outcome
  • Development funding of up to £10,000 to contribute towards the cost of preparing a detailed business plan and stage two application form
  • Development funding of up to £5,000 to capacity- build the UK based organisation in key project delivery areas
  • Microfinance costs up to 20% of total grant value

But we won’t pay for:

  • Needs analysis for projects, as this should already have been carried out before a stage one application is submitted
  • Continuation of existing activities
  • Projects which do not work with at least one independent partner based in the country where the beneficiaries are located
  • Projects which include beneficiaries from the UK
  • Core running costs
  • Activities which promote religious beliefs or lack of religious beliefs
  • Capital costs exceeding £50,000.


Organisation Types

  • Voluntary or community organisation