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Applying for a Big Lottery Fund grant in 2018?

January 18, 2018

Are you considering applying for a National Lottery grant to support your community this year? In our latest video, Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam and Innovate Trust share their experience of accessing National Lottery funding:



Menter Iaith Sir Fflint a Wrecsam received £4,867 from National Lottery Awards for All for their Welsh Language Magi Ann project. They developed six apps to support non-Welsh speaking parents to read books in Welsh with their children. The project has been extremely successful winning the best educational project at the National Lottery Awards.

Innovate Trust received £248,713 through People and Places to help people with learning disabilities and/or mental health problems.  The project will work to help individuals build on their strengths and gain skills and confidence through outdoor conservation work, one of the aims of the project is to help them live independently within their communities.

Who can apply?

Cylch Meithrin-27.jpgThe Big Lottery Fund operates various grant programmes that aim to make real improvements for communities and the lives of people most in need. Our funding is open to the community, voluntary and public sector in Wales.

It’s important to us that you involve your community in the design, development and delivery of the activities you’re planning. We believe this will help your project to be better supported by the energy and strengths that exist within your community and it is more likely to be successful as a result. By community, we mean people living in your local area, people who share a common interest, or people who experience similar barriers and issues.

Our grant programmes

National Lottery Awards for All is a simple, small grants scheme, making awards of between £300 and £10,000 to support project and activities that matter to people and communities. Find out more on our website.

People and Places offers funding from £10,001 to £500,000 for projects lasting up to five years where people and communities are working together and using their strengths to make positive impacts on the things that matter to them the most. There are two strands to People and Places, medium grants – funding from £10,001 to £100,000 and large grants – funding from £100,001 to £500,000.

National Lottery Awards for All and People and Places are our two main programmes and are open for applications all year round. Information on any other short term grant programmes, such as Helping working Families below, can be found by using our funding finder.

Helping Working Families is a new programme and applications are open until 15 March 2018. Helping Working Families funds projects that improve the lives of working families who are in poverty, with grants around £500,000 over four years (ends 2022). The programme is unusual as it pays for a development phase to enable the families likely to benefit from the project to take part in designing the project.  Find out more on our website.


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