Big Lottery Fund updates guidance for Awards for All

Alistair Dowlman
Primary interest
Funding and Fundraising

The Big Lottery Fund has simplified the guidance notes for its small grants programme Awards for All, including fewer restrictions and new priorities.

Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary and community organisations, schools and statutory bodies in order to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. To be eligible for funding, projects must now meet at least one of the following three priorities:

  • Bringing people together and building strong relationships in and across communities
  • Improving the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • Enabling more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Communities should be involved in the design, development and delivery of projects. Examples of eligible costs include training costs, volunteer expenses, staff costs, small capital projects, transport, one-off events, equipment, utilities and other running costs.

Priority may be given to applications from smaller organisations.

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