Local Connections Fund 

The funding is aimed at bringing people together in safe and secure ways, making people aware of what services are available to reduce loneliness and isolation, and to build lasting connections. 

Suitable for Small (with an income below £50,000), constituted, local charities and community groups
Funding size: £300 to £2,500
Total available: £2 million in Round 2 - successful applicants must have completed their project and spent their grant by 30 November 2021
Deadline: 20 August 2021 at 5pm

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Together for Our Planet

Launching this September, this programme will offer grants from £1,000 to £10,000 of National Lottery funding 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.

You will not need to be an expert in any of these areas to apply. They’re particularly interested to hear from people who are starting to think about taking action on climate change in their communities. Find out more

National Lottery Awards for All

This fund can support you to continue to deliver activities that strengthen your community in some way or to change and adapt, becoming more resilient to respond to new and future challenges.

Grant size: smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000
Funding covers: Running costs, utilities, staff costs, equipment
Decision timescale: usually takes around 12 weeks
Organisation size: keen to fund smaller organisations
Organisation type: voluntary and community organisation
Deadlines: Ongoing

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Reaching Communities

This fund is aimed at projects that work with their community – whether that’s a community living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.

Grant size: £10,001 or more, for up to five years
Funding covers: direct costs associated with delivering activities in your community; organisational development; core costs;
Decision timescale: usually takes around 12 weeks to hear if you will progress to next stage.
Organisation type: charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises
Deadlines: ongoing

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Arts Council England and TNLCF - Project Grants

Project Grants is open to anyone who needs funding for an arts, museums or libraries project that shows public benefit.

Grant size: from £1,000 to £100,000, for projects that last up to 3 years
Funding covers: direct costs associated with delivering the project;
Decision timescale: if you are applying for £15,000 or under, you will receive a decision in 6 weeks. If you are applying for over £15,000 a decision will take 12 weeks.
Organisation type: the fund will focus on the needs of smaller independent organisations
Deadlines: ongoing

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Heritage Fund

Fund for projects that are clearly focused on heritage – this can be national, regional or local heritage of the UK. They will prioritise heritage projects that will: boost the local economy, provide job creation and encourage skills development, support wellbeing and create better places to live, work and visit. They also expect that all projects to demonstrate that they are building long-term environmental sustainability and inclusion into their plans. 

Grant size: £3,000 to £10,000 for projects lasting up to one year
Organisation type: Charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises
Deadlines: ongoing

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