National Lottery funding can help you to make a difference in your community. National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters the most to people and communities. We will fund organisations with great project ideas that:
- Shape the places and spaces that matter to communities
- Bring more people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
- Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage
We also ask that projects are led by the communities they will benefit. This means the people you’ll be working with will be meaningfully involved in the development, design and delivery of your project. Funding Manager Gareth Williams tells us what this means and how you can encourage people to engage with your project:
“In every group or organisation there’s usually a group of people who are happy to tell you what they think and sit on steering committees. While it’s great to have this level of involvement, there is a risk that you’re missing out on the views of other people who use your project or the opinions of people who don’t usually take part in projects.
We know that people are busy – they have lives, families and jobs and might not have the time to get involved in the design, delivery or review of projects. However, getting people involved doesn’t have to be a serious time commitment on their part. Involvement can mean a broad range of things, from the day to day chats you have and the feedback forms you get from the people who use your project, to knocking on doors and carrying out surveys in your community.
However, not everyone enjoys filling out forms, or being asked directly, what they think about an issue or an idea. Some people might not be comfortable saying what they think in front of others. These are the kinds of barriers that can stop people from getting involved or contributing to your project.
We often find projects are most successful when they are creative in involving people and in thinking of ways to engage others who don’t usually take part in projects or give their views and opinions. Some projects told us how they’ve used art, sport, theatre or even food to get people’s views. When people are being creative they will often relax and tell you what they really think, so why not try throwing a barbeque or a picnic? People enjoy food and will tell you many things over a social bite to eat.
And remember, when we say people, we mean the people that take part in projects, their networks (such as family, friends, and carers), and the wider community your organisation works in.
There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to involving people, what works for one project might not work for yours, so we’d like to know how your organisation meaningfully involves people in your projects.”
Want to apply to National Lottery Awards for All to support a project in your community? Find out how to apply by visiting our website.