Location: UK

Deadline: On-going

This funding is for projects that build stronger connections across communities. The National Lottery Community Fund is looking for ideas that strengthen these connections by exploring and developing the conditions needed to build better and longer-lasting ways of bringing people together. 

Up to a maximum of £1 million for up to five years. Most of the funding is expected to go to projects that request between £200,000 and £500,000. There will be a smaller number of awards for projects above £500,000.

Who can apply?

Voluntary and community organisations across the UK, including:

  • registered charity community interest company (CIC)
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
  • community benefit society co-operative society (if it has a not-for-profit clause and registered with the Financial Conduct Authority)
  • voluntary or community organisation statutory body (including town, parish and community councils)
  • company limited by guarantee (if it has a not-for-profit clause or is a registered charity).

What can be funded?

Eligible projects that:

  • deliver across at least two UK countries (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) – smaller organisations are encouraged to work in a network or partnership
  • are bold and experimental responses to bringing people together using new approaches, or a new combination of approaches
  • can demonstrate clear positive impacts for communities, including those communities most in need of support
  • have a clear focus on equality, diversity and inclusion
  • can demonstrate they can learn and adapt as they go.

How to apply?

Applications can be submitted on an on-going basis by filling in this online form.

For more details about the eligibility terms and application process, please visit the The National Lottery Community Fund website.