The Trust provides short-term, designated funding for projects which focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights, through combatting discrimination and employability and skills development in Great Britain.

The Postcode Local Trust is offering grants for local projects which support improve biodiversity and outdoor spaces such as:

  • Community gardens and play areas using sustainable materials.
  • Outdoor education and heritage.
  • Green energy projects and flood prevention.

Grants range from £500 to £20,000.

The following funding levels apply to specific applicants:

  • Applicants that are not formally registered as a charity with OSCR/Charity Commission can apply for between £500 and £2,000 in funding.
  • Applicants that are registered with OSCR/Charity Commission and can provide a charity number can apply for between £500 and £20,000 in funding.

As a general guideline, the larger and longer the project the higher the amount it would be considered acceptable to request. The amount requested should be directly related to the strength of the long term outcomes of the project.

Please note this fund is ‘vastly oversubscribed’.

The amount of funding requested from the Trust must be more than 10% of the overall project cost.

Who Can Apply

Grassroots organisations, local charities and non-profit community businesses that are seeking to effect positive change within their local area in England, Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply.

The following organsiations are eligible to apply for between £500 and £2,000:

  • Companies limited by guarantee with a non-profit purpose.
  • Constituted voluntary organisation with no charity number.
  • Community Interest Company with no charity number.
  • Constituted sports group with no charity number.
  • Organisations with tax exempt status but no registered charity number.

The following organisations are eligible to apply for between £500 and £20,000:

  • Organisation with registered Charity number or SCIO/CIO number.

The Trust will consider applications from branches of national charities if the branch has its own charity registration number. However, this does not extend to local Wildlife Trusts.

All applicants must be able to provide proof they are a constituted organisation and have an organisation bank account.

All registered charities, with an income above £25,000, should have a financial reserves strategy in place.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Organisations currently in receipt of funding from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, including previous grant recipients who have not submitted a project evaluation form.
  • Existing projects (unless significant expansion).
  • Bodies seeking to distribute grants/funds to others.
  • Organisations with restricted or exclusive memberships.
  • Applications where Postcode Local Trust funding would be less than 10% of the overall project cost.
  • Organisations that have previously breached their funding agreement with Postcode Local Trust.
  • Political parties or party political activities.
  • Projects that promote religion.
  • Schools (except for special schools), PTAs, nurseries, and universities/colleges.
  • Lunch clubs, mother and toddler and after-school groups.
  • Individuals.
  • Feasibility studies.
  • Foreign travel.
  • General marketing appeals or sponsorship.
  • Medical research, advice and equipment.
  • End of life or palliative care.
  • Short-term projects such as events, conferences, day trips, seminars, galas or festivals.
  • Training or educational workshops that do not result in a tangible outcome for participants.
  • Building renovations/general refurbishment.
  • Installations of toilets, showers, lifts or changing rooms.
  • Organisations that appear to have excessive unrestricted or free reserves and no policy to reflect the rationale behind this.
  • Projects or activities that the state has a legal obligation to provide.

Please note that applicants can only apply to one trust supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery each round and may only submit one application per organisation

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects, in Great Britain. The projects can be up to 12 months in length.

In 2018, the Trust will consider projects which focus on:

  • Employability and skills development programmes.
  • Promotion of human rights through combatting discrimination.
  • Poverty prevention.

How To Apply

Round 2 applications will be accepted as follows:

  • Stage 1: 1 August – 15 August 2018
  • Stage 2: 5 September – 19 September 2018.

The application form will appear online during the stage 1 dates.

The programme has two funding rounds and an online two-stage application process involving an expression of interest form. Those who are successful at the initial stage will be invited to complete a full application.

As this scheme is ‘vastly oversubscribed’, applicants are urged to read the guidance notes that can be found on the Trust’s website before starting the application form.

Application forms are available to complete online at the Trust’s website.

All funding decisions are made by an independent Board of Trustees.

Applicants wishing to discuss their project proposals should contact People’s Postcode Trust’s management team.

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  • Management Team
    People’s Postcode Lottery
    76 George Street
    EH2 3BU
    Tel: 0131 555 7287


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