National Lottery Community Fund – Together for our Planet – deadline 18 November 2021

Article date
27 September 2021
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

The National Lottery Community Fund is offering grants from £1,000 to £10,000 to support communities across the UK to take action on climate change.

Projects should reflect what matters to your community and can be small in scale. They could cover an area like:

  • food
  • transport
  • energy
  • waste and consumption
  • the natural environment

In November 2021, the UK will host the  26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow. The UK Government’s Together for Our Planet initiative has been created to engage people with COP26 and inspire positive climate action. National Lottery funding will support this by helping communities to take action on climate change.

Building on interest and excitement for this international conference, they hope to nurture and develop local ideas through this funding, supporting a legacy of ongoing climate action projects in hundreds of communities across the UK.

Who can apply
  • constituted group or club
  • voluntary or community organisation
  • registered charity
  • charitable incorporated organisation (CIO/SCIO)
  • community interest company (CIC)
  • not-for-profit company
  • school, college, university (as long as your project benefits and involves the wider local communities)
  • statutory body (including town, parish and community council)
  • community benefit society.

Applications will be prioritised from:

  • people and communities hit hardest by climate change
  • people and communities who are starting to think about taking climate action
  • groups who have not received funding from them before
  • groups who do not have a current award with them
  • smaller organisations with an annual turnover of under £100,000.
Project activities

They can fund lots of different climate action activities. Projects should reflect what matters to your community and what climate action means for you. They can be small in scale and might be new plans for your community or might be about celebrating the work you’re already doing.

They could cover an area like:

  • food
  • transport
  • energy
  • waste and consumption
  • the natural environment.

All projects must be about developing a community-led climate action project. Your project will also need to meet at least two of these criteria:

  • It supports the development of longer-term climate action within communities (that is, taking place after the COP26 event in November).
  • It encourages communities to plan for the climate emergency – to consider what climate action could mean to them and why it matters.
  • It celebrates the importance of community-led climate action and encourages more people to get involved.
  • It builds resilience in communities that are hardest hit by climate change.
  • It provides jobs, skills or training opportunities for communities which support climate action.
Is there a deadline

5pm on 18 November 2021

Further information and how to apply