The National Lottery Community Fund: Reaching Communities England (Covid-19)

Covid 19 National Lottery

This programme now focuses on funding projects and organisations helping communities through the COVID-19 pandemic

Given the emergency, The National Lottery Community Fund’s Reaching Communities England programme is looking to award funding to cover six months of expenditure. They expect most funding will be between £10,000 and £100,000 but they may consider larger awards or longer time frames by exception.

The National Lottery are looking to fund Covid-19 projects and will prioritise:

  • organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19;
  • organisation supporting people most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis; and
  • organisations which connect communities and support communities to work together to respond to COVID-19.

They can support if you are struggling financially because of Covid-19 and can help you make up for some of the losses, so you can keep helping your community through the pandemic, and continue to support them afterwards. They are also looking for organisations to be people-led, strengths-based and connected as much as possible.

They can fund:

  • staff salaries
  • project activities
  • running costs
  • small-scale refurbishment
  • equipment
  • organisational development
  • contributions to fixed costs
  • investments in your systems
  • investments in your people
  • investments in your infrastructure
  • dedicated capacity development.

You can apply if you are a:

  • voluntary and community organisation
  • registered charity or charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
  • group of organisations, as long as they’re led by a voluntary or community organisation
  • school
  • statutory body (including local authorities, town, parish or community council)
  • not for profit company including companies limited by guarantee and Community Interest Companies with two or more directors (see the bullet points below for CICs we can’t fund).

If you’re an unincorporated group they might be able to fund you – but they normally expect the groups to use funding to incorporate and, where appropriate, register as a charity

Deadline: Continuous rolling programme. The National Lottery ask organisations who are not looking for COVID-19 related funding to not to submit an application at this time.

For more information and how to apply please click here

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