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Grab a Grant

The Big Lottery Fund has teamed up with the North Wales Chronicle and the North Wales Pioneer to award up to £25,000 worth of grants to community groups
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Funding size:
£500 - £5,000
Total available:
Application deadline:
12 noon, Friday 26th June 2015

What's it all about?

The Big Lottery Fund has teamed up with the North Wales Pioneer and North Wales Chronicle to award up to £25,000 worth of grants to community groups.

Under the banner Grab a Grant, this exciting partnership will see the Big Lottery Fund awarding grants of up to £5,000 each to projects which will help improve the lives of people in their local communities.

Through our website and the pages of the newspapers, the Fund is appealing for community groups to send in their applications before the Friday June 26 deadline. The Big Lottery Fund website and newspapers will then showcase short listed projects with supporters voting for their favourite by post. The five projects receiving the most support will then be awarded grants.

Grab a Grant is open to any community groups within the newspapers’ circulation area of Anglesey, Conwy and the Arfon constituency area of north Gwynedd who have an idea for a project which does at least one of the following:

  • supports community activity
  • extends access and participation
  • increases skill and creativity
  • generally improves the quality of life of people in the area.

Organisations that are thinking of applying will need to agree to publicity as this is a key requirement of the programme.

What to do next

  • Look at the programme requirements and complete the questionnaire to see whether your project is eligible.
  • Read the guidance notes in detail to see if Grab a Grant is the right programme for you.
  • Read the Grab a Grant application flowchart to make sure you can meet the timescales and expectations of the programme.
  • If you have more questions, look at questions and answers document.

For further information

If you would like more help, please call 0300 123 0735 or email grabagrant@biglotteryfund.org.uk

Case studies

Community projects in north Wales have already been boosted by grants of up to £5,000 from the Big Lottery Fund. Youth clubs, support groups and activities for older people are among a wide range of good causes benefitting.

A north Wales woman whose only child died in a drowning accident is using £4,985 to help bereaved young people and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses.

Every parent’s worst nightmare came true for Debbie Turnbull when her son Chris was out with friends swimming at Lligwy Falls, Capel Curig, on August 14 2006.

Within seconds and completely unaware of the danger he was in, the 15-year-old was sucked into a whirlpool where his foot became trapped before he drowned.

It was the loss of Chris which drove Debbie from Llandudno, Conwy, to set up River and Sea Sense (RASS) with the aim of doing everything in her power to prevent another family going through the same nightmare. She has already used a National Lottery grant to help educate children about the dangers of playing in and around rivers.

And now thanks to a further £4,985, she will be bolstering RASS’s help package by launching a support network for bereaved young people and families dealing with life-limiting illness. It will include a website as well as creative art, recreation and relaxation sessions.

Ysgol Cylch y Garn in Holyhead received £4,998 to run a Forest Schools programme in local woodlands and is hosting events for the local community so that they can discover the area.

Headteacher Ann Roberts at Ysgol Cylch y Garn said, "The grant will help the school to participate in exciting outdoor activities. We will be establishing close links with the community and using local resources. The children will have varied and practical experiences in the world of nature in a local environment in the north west Anglesey countryside.”

In north Gwynedd, the Seiont, Gwyrfai and Llyfni Anglers Society used £5,000 to improve disabled access to their boat while while Age Cymru Gwynedd a Môn also used £5,000 to set up new clubs for older people to help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation.


Organisation Types

  • Voluntary or community organisation


  • Young People
  • Education, learning and skills
  • Identifying and meeting need
  • Supporting positive transitions


  • Young people
  • Children
  • Families
  • Voluntary and community sector organisations
  • Older people