Grants are available for charities, voluntary groups, schools and local authorities in England to carry out projects that will improve their local community.

The Awards aim to support projects that will improve the quality of life for local communities.

Projects should meet at least one of the Fund's 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.

Match Funding Restrictions

Grants can be used to pay for some or all of the project costs.

Who Can Apply

Awards for All welcomes applications from:

  • Voluntary and community organisations

  • Schools.

  • Statutory bodies (including town, parish and community council).

Examples of eligible costs include:

  • Training costs

  • Volunteer expenses

  • Staff costs

  • Small capital projects (Organisations need to own the land or building, have a lease that can't be ended for five years, or have a letter from the owner saying the land or building will be leased to the organisation. Planning permission for the work is also needed.)

  • Transport

  • One-off events

  • Equipment

  • Utilities/running costs

This is not an exhaustive list. Applicants are advised to contact the Big Lottery Fund with any queries about their project's eligibility.

How To Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time. 

The online application form can be found on the National Lottery Community Fund.

Useful Links

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    National Lottery Community Fund (Big Lottery Fund)
    1 Plough Place
    EC4A 1DE
    Tel: 03454 10 20 30
    Email: [email protected]