If you’ve not applied for funding from The National Lottery Community Fund before, you’ll need to ensure that your group or organisation is eligible to apply to them. If your group or organisation is NOT eligible, even if they love your idea they cannot award funding.
What is an eligible organisation?
You must be one of the following to submit an application:
voluntary and community organisation
constituted group or club
charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
community interest company (CIC)
school (as long as your project benefits and involves the communities around the school)
statutory body (including local authorities, town, parish and community council)
community benefit society.
They cannot accept applications from:
organisations that are aimed at generating profits primarily for private distribution
organisations based outside the UK
one individual or organisation applying on behalf of another
people under the age of 18
You must have a UK bank account or building society account for your group or organisation. It needs to be in the legal name of your organisation, with at least two unconnected people who are able to manage the account.
It must be with a UK based bank or Building Society which is covered and authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority, and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. They must also be covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
The account must require at least two unconnected and unrelated signatories to authorise all withdrawals and transactions.
You will need to submit a bank statement that is less than 3 months old with your online application.
Your organisation should have at least two unconnected people on the board or committee. By unconnected, we mean not a relation by blood, marriage, in a long-term relationship, or people living together at the same address.
You will need to give the details of a main contact (usually the person completing the application form) and a senior contact (usually someone on your Board or equivalent) – their full names, date of birth and their home addresses (not the address of the organisation)
You will also need to consider how your project will keep people safe and confirm that you have an up to date safeguarding policy in place. For more info on safeguarding please take a look at our website.
You will also need to make sure your project is addressing any potential barriers for people to take part, including communities experiencing ethnic or racial inequity, discrimination or inequality, disabled people, Travellers, LGBTQ+ people, and people who are seeking asylum or who are refugees.
They can only contact those who we already know about and this is not an exhaustive list. In order to reach as many organisations as possible who may not have applied to the Fund before, please share this email with other groups and organisations who you think might benefit from this advanced notice. However, they ask that you do not share this on public forums (such as social media, websites etc) before 22 June 2021.