National Lottery Community Fund – Awards for All England

Article date
24 May 2021
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

With the COVID-19 pandemic still with us, The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) Awards for All will continue to support people and communities most adversely impacted by COVID-19. They are offering a quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000.

They can support you to:

  • continue to deliver activity – whether your community needs crisis response, recovery or business as usual activity
  • change and adapt, becoming more resilient to respond to new and future challenges.

In order to support communities to thrive, they aim to:

  • build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.
Who can apply

You can apply if your organisation is a:

  • voluntary and community organisation
  • constituted group or club
  • registered charity
  • charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
  • not-for-profit company
  • community interest company (CIC)
  • school (as long as your project benefits and involves the communities around the school)
  • statutory body (including local authorities, town, parish and community council)
  • community benefit society.
What are the funding priorities

Your project should involve your community

NLCF firmly believes that when people are in the lead, communities thrive – they want your project’s application to demonstrate this clearly.

People understand what’s needed in their communities better than anyone, especially during these unprecedented times. They want to support projects that:

  • involve people and communities from the start
  • build on people’s strengths
  • are connected in their community.
What can the grant be used for
  • your organisation’s running costs
  • small land or refurbishment projects
  • equipment
  • one-off events
  • staff costs
  • training costs
  • transport
  • utilities
  • volunteer expenses.
Further information, support and how to apply