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All the answers about Awards for All

April 21, 2015

Providing small grants to community groups in Wales

Rosie Dent

Rosie Dent

Meet Rosie Dent, a Communications Officer here at Big Lottery Fund Wales. Rosie has worked with us since October 2014 and provides support and funding advice to organisations, groups and communities during the application process. Rosie is our go-to girl when it comes to information about applications, and as we know it can be a confusing prospect for some, we have asked Rosie to give as a hand in explaining the five top questions she gets asked on the Advice Line.

Our Awards for All Wales grant schemes offers grants between £500 and £5,000 for projects across Wales and almost 80% of our grants are awarded through this programme.

Who is eligible?

Rosie says: I get many phone calls enquiring about WHO is eligible to apply for our Awards For All grant scheme. We encourage charities, non-profit organisations, community groups, town councils, schools, youth groups and health bodies to apply for grants, providing that the organisation is able to demonstrate within their application that their proposed project will benefit their community. We ask for organisations to identify a need within their community and show us how their project will address that need. We suggest that organisations conduct questionnaires with their community to explore and understand what the needs are and ideas for addressing them. However under this programme we will not fund: individuals and sole traders, profit-making organisations and organisations not established in the UK.

Llanelli Multicultural Event; march 26 2011. photo ©keith morris / 07710 285968What can you apply for?

Rosie says: Many people remain confused about WHAT kind of projects we fund. Our focus is on funding projects that support community activity, encouraging access to facilities, increase skills, learning, experience, creativity, health and quality of life, particularly in deprived areas and for disadvantaged groups. The types of projects we fund range from environmental projects, health and wellbeing support groups, educational groups, training, trips, community events and activities or workshops. We are often asked WHAT the money can be used for, and while there are restrictions, it may be use for equipment and materials, training courses and workshops, educational supplies and toys, transport costs, refurbishment, venue hire, sessional workers and the setting up of new groups, to name a few. 

Where will the project benefit?

Rosie says: When applying for Awards for All Wales remember that you must be able to confirm that the majority of the people that will benefit from your project live in communities in Wales. Projects aimed at supporting communities in England for example, must apply through Awards for All England.

When is the deadline?

Rosie says: I always get asked WHEN the deadline is for our Awards for All Wales programme. There is no deadline; applicants may apply at any time. However applicants should be aware that once the application is submitted, the process can take up to 3 months before finalisation and transfer of funds. Organisations should submit their application at least three months before the project is due to start.

WHEN will we tell you our decision? We aim to let you know our decision after 30 working days of receiving your complete application. If you are successful you must sign a letter accepting the terms and conditions of grant. If you are unsuccessful we will give you feedback as to why you have not succeeded.

Another query that sometimes causes confusion is whether a single organisation can apply for more than one grant. When it comes to Awards for All, only one grant of up to £5,000 may be awarded per project in a twelve month period.  As we will only fund one project at a time, your project must end before you may submit an application for another project.

_DSC0062How can we apply for a grant?

Rosie says: For those that ask HOW an organisation can start the application process, I will direct them to the electronic application form and guidance notes on our website (we like to be environmentally friendly!)

Our guidance notes provide more details on the application process. However if you wish to ask a specific question relating to your organisation or project, do not hesitate to call or email the Advice Line. Rosie and the team at the Big Lottery Fund wish to support you through the application process to help you have the greatest chance of success! We hope these basic questions will help you to kick-start you knowledge and enthusiasm for our Awards for All programme and enshrine in you an excitement for getting involved in our mission to support communities all over Wales!

Follow us on Facebook  and Twitter at @BigLotteryWales pages for updates and information on events and the different grants available. Email us at with any questions, tweet us a quick query, or give Rosie and our friendly advisors a call for a funding chat!

Interview with Rosie Dent by Emily Jones

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