This new fund from the National Lottery Community Fund aims to give communities and civil society organisations across the UK ‘the space, resource and additional expertise to step back [from COVID-19] and ask questions, imagine alternatives and gather to shape the emerging future’.
There is a total of £1 million for this fund over three to six months. Grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations that are based and working within the UK.
The funding is for three different types of work:
Exploring new narratives, perspectives and community storytelling. The funding is for projects that can create narratives that:
Look at the stories emerging from them pandemic, to find out who, or what, needs to be focussed on more.
Explore new kinds of relationships that have formed in response to COVID-19.
Show what is most important to communities.
Help inspire community togetherness after the pandemic.
Show where new kinds of infrastructure are being created, and why it’s valuable.
Community foresight and public imagination. The funding is for projects that:
Put diverse voices at the centre, and in the lead
Activate and strengthen social imagination in communities so that the voices and ideas of local communities can contribute to the renewal of civil society.
Support communities to develop and use community foresight practices together
Develop approaches with communities to create collective visions and demonstrate practical ways for those visions to be acted upon
Know how to use what they’ve learned from their project to influence change.
The funding can cover staff salaries, project activities, engagement activities, running costs, and equipment.
The deadline for applications is 25 June 2020 (5pm).
Useful documents & links
Addresses and contacts
For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:
National Lottery Community Fund
1 Plough Place
Tel: 028 9568 0143
Email: [email protected]