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Young people: We want to you to join our team and make a difference for young people in Wales!

March 3, 2020

What is the Young People in the Lead Wales team?

At The National Lottery Community Fund, we have big plans for 2020 as we work to make sure that the voices of young people, 16-24 years old, are included in all our work, whether it’s through the grants we make, the people we influence or the things we learn.

In Wales, we’re especially excited this year to start working on a new funding programme which will award grants for projects that support young people. We want to make sure young people’s voices play a huge part in shaping and designing this funding. That’s why we’re looking for a dynamic team of young people across Wales to work closely with us to develop the programme. Read more…

Being people-led is a key theme we look for in all applications to The National Lottery Community Fund

February 28, 2020

Ruth Bates, Head of Communications and Engagement (Wales) explains what this means for community groups wanting to apply to The National Lottery Awards for All, which funds awards from £300 to £10,000.

Putting people in the lead means the people you’ll be working with will need to be meaningfully involved in the development, design and delivery of your project. Within the application you’ll need to demonstrate this.

Simply put, people in the lead means speaking to whoever you’re trying to work with. We’re flexible about how you do that. We’re also realistic about how it looks depending on the size of your organisation. But we do need to see the community involved in the project’s development and its delivery. We want to fund projects developed with people, not done to them. Read more…

Grants top-up scheme to support climate action

November 25, 2019

Earlier this year we launched a £100 million fund to support projects across the UK to take action on climate change. The Climate Action Fund, which is now open to applications will enable people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency. Read more…

Building a collective moment is key to The National Lottery Community Fund’s Climate Action Fund

October 11, 2019

At the National Lottery Community Fund we believe that when people are in the lead then communities will thrive. You may have seen that we’ve recently announced a £100million Climate Action Fund to support thriving communities across the UK to tackle the climate emergency in a way that, collectively, makes a difference that benefits everyone.

If you want to find out more how you can make a positive impact on the environment with your National Lottery funding, visit our website by clicking here.

Why is climate action so important to us? We believe that addressing the climate emergency is everybody’s business.

As we celebrate the 25th birthday of the National Lottery this November we are proud of our role in funding environmental activities across the UK. Since 2013 alone we have invested around £345million (through 4,800 grants) in total on projects with an environmental aspect across the UK including: Read more…

Photographic exhibition marks 25th National Lottery birthday

October 1, 2019

Today (1 October) 25 charities and community groups from across Wales joined the National Lottery’s 25th birthday celebration in the Senedd to share their stories – captured on camera about their incredible impact in supporting communities to thrive.

Lord Elis Thomas, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism unveiled the photographic exhibition which captures the story of 25 years of funding communities thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund.

Wales Director at the Fund says “For 25 years The National Lottery has been helping communities to thrive and the National Lottery Community Fund – the largest community funder in Wales – is proud of the role we’ve played in supporting people and communities to thrive. Read more…

Celebrating 25 years of supporting communities in Wales to thrive

September 30, 2019

This November we’re celebrating the 25th birthday of The National Lottery. Since the first National Lottery draw in 1994, it’s not just the jackpot winners that have had their lives changed for the better. In Wales 20,671 good causes have received a share of £973.5 million of National Lottery funding to community projects.

The National Lottery Community Fund distributes 40% of National Lottery funds raised for good causes supporting health, education, the environment and charitable purposes. We are the largest community funder in Wales, supporting people and communities to thrive.

Our funding is having a positive impact on communities across Wales and to give you a flavour of the breadth of projects we’ve supported, we’re counting down the years and showcasing 25 examples of organisations we have supported in the 25 years since The National Lottery began… Read more…

Third sector support directory launched

August 15, 2019

Recently we launched a directory to support the third sector in a variety of ways. Rob Roffe our Head of Knowledge and Learning tells us more:

With constant pressure on public funds, the landscape for the third sector is challenging. While funding challenges are perhaps the most urgent problem that organisations need to address, we know that other organisational needs around issues like financial management, business planning, mission drift and demonstrating impact are also a cause for concern. Read more…

“The National Lottery Community Fund’s Welsh language service is brilliant.”

August 6, 2019

Did you know that The National Lottery Community Fund provides a full bilingual service to its customers in Wales? Sian Jones, our Welsh Language Officer, gives us a little update on what’s been happening over the past year.

If you would like to read this article in Welsh, you can find it here.

Our dedication to offering a truly bilingual service to our customers in both Welsh and English has continued. This was the feedback by one of our grant holders:

“The National Lottery Community Fund’s Welsh language service is brilliant. The website is easy to use and the Welsh is just as good as the English site.  This is a breath of fresh air after dealing with many grant funders and other large organisations that don’t offer a Welsh service to the same standard. Being able to discuss a project or application in Welsh means that I can convey my enthusiasm for the application in a better way with the officers.” Read more…

Theatre workshops for people affected by homelessness thanks to National Lottery players

July 24, 2019

Theatre Versus Oppression received £187,478 of National Lottery money to run their Behind the Label project to provide a series of applied theatre workshops to people affected by homelessness in Cardiff. They are one of over 160 projects that received over £15 million for health and wellbeing projects over the last year. We spoke to Suzanne Phillips about their project and how they are hosting a show starring service users at Wales Millennium Centre.

“Behind the Label is an Applied Theatre project run by TVO in partnership with The Wallich and Wales Millennium Centre. Started in 2016 it uses drama and performance to give marginalised people a voice, tell their story and offer a new perspective on a social issue and the reasons behind it. Our aim is always to create compelling performances that challenge the audience to look at different perspectives.

Read more…

Are you a school looking for a grant?

July 15, 2019

Schools across Wales are at the heart of their communities and have the potential to play a much larger role in the daily lives of the community where the school is based, beyond education in the classroom. We know that schools and Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) are always looking for new ways to raise money and we receive many applications for grants from our National Lottery Awards for All programme.

Open to everyone

The strongest applications – and the ones more likely to be successful – show that they are applying for something the local community wants, which will bring wider benefits. We can only fund activities which are available to the wider community that the school sits within. Activities should take place out of school hours, in school holidays, and before or after school but importantly must also be available to the whole community and allow other children or families from across the area to join in the activities, not just the applying school’s pupils. As an example, if your community has come up with an idea for new play facilities, outdoor shelters or holiday clubs, then make sure these can be used by as many people as possible, as often as possible. Read more…