A new online application for the Awards for All fund is expected to be introduced on Monday July 29.
The final date for submitting an application using the current online form – if this date goes ahead – will be the day before.
Any work saved in the current form will not transfer across automatically to the new application form – so applicants not confident of submitting before July 28 are being asked to copy and paste the content of their applications and save them to their own device.
PDF or paper applications will be accepted as normal throughout the period and, while a new PDF form is also expected to be available on July 29, the fund will continue to accept the old forms for a period to minimise the impact on applicants.
The National Lottery Community Fund is also changing some of its internal systems to improve the experience of applying for and managing grants. The funding programmes will not be changed at present, so the type of work it funds won’t be changing.
Up until the end of 2019, it is also expected to take longer than usual to inform applicants of decision on whether they have been successful in their bid. A summary of maximum turnaround times for different levels of grant during this period are:
• National Lottery Awards for All Scotland: It could take up to 18 weeks to tell applicants a decision (followed by a further 2 weeks to pay their grant if successful)
• Young Start, Community Led Activity, Improving Lives Medium (Grants between £10k and £150k): Applicants should note that it could take up to 6 months to hear a decision
• Improving Lives Large (over £150k): it could take up to 6 months from the date they submit a stage one application to hear a decision and, if successful, a further 4 months for their final second stage decision
• Community Assets and Scottish Land Fund: The aim will be to keep the timescales for both funds unchanged. Please note, Community Assets will close to new business on October 4 2019
It is hoped that for most applicants the time period will not be as long. Anyone working with any potential applicants who could be seriously affected by the changes is asked to get in touch with the National Lottery fund as soon as possible to detail the problem.
For more on the Community Fund go to: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/