7 fantastic changes to the National Lottery small grant programme

a4a piece.jpgOur National Lottery Awards for All programme gives out over £3.5 million per year for projects right across Wales. It’s our most popular programme owing to the short timescales, success rate and is open to most non registered charities and a range of third sector organisations.  So why are we changing it?

We want to make it even better, reducing the length of the application form, the requirements around what we can fund, and increasing the size of the grant to meet the needs of projects. We have tested our new materials with our customers to make sure the language makes sense, and we are offering improvements that will benefit your community.

We have kept the best things- such as having no deadlines on the programme and decisions being made within 12 weeks.

Read on for a summary of the key changes.

  1. The size of grant has widened. You can now apply for a grant between £300 and £10,000 for a project lasting around a year.
  2. We are less prescriptive on what we can and can’t fund. For instance you can now apply for staff salaries and feasibility studies.
  3. We have simplified our guidance focusing on what we are looking for. Rather than asking what’s the matter with communities, we want you to tell us how you have involved the community in the design, development and delivery of planned activities.
  4. We will assess your application against our funding priorities, your project will need to show how it will:
  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.
  1. We are keen to support smaller organisations. To achieve this, we’ll take your organisation’s income into consideration as part of our overall decision.
  2. End of grant reports for everyone are a thing of the past. For our small grants we want you to focus on the delivery of activities and as such we will ask a sample to submit a progress report. Of course you may want to shout about your project and we will still be on hand to offer support.
  3. Our branding makes reference to the National Lottery, without which our programme could not operate. A big thank you to National Lottery players for making this possible!



As always our friendly Advice team are on hand to advise on funding options- call us 0300 123 0735, email at wales@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk or for those with a hearing or speech impairment you can reach us on Text Relay 18001 plus 0300 123 0735.

Check out our website www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/a4awales to see our new guidance and application form. We hope you will like it as much as we do!


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