Fund to celebrate National Lottery’s 25th opens

The new #CelebrateNationalLottery25 fund opens tomorrow with a deadline of Friday December 6.

It marks the National Lottery’s 25th birthday with a one-off fund offering grants up to £1000, and is open to anyone with a great idea to make a difference in their local community.

The application will be short and simple, and you can apply even if you are unconstituted, or have another grant from the Lottery.

Everyone who submits an eligible application will be entered into a ‘lottery draw’, which will take place after the deadline closes – over 2000 projects will then be funded across the UK.

What will it fund?

The fund is very broad. It will pay for any event, activity or item, costing between £100 and £1000 that will bring people together between February 1 and November 18 2020. This could include all sorts of things, like a community party or gala day, a lunch club, or equipment for litter pick up.

Who can apply?

The big news is that un-constituted groups are eligible to apply to this fund, as they want to encourage new people to access National Lottery funding. It will also be open to all the usual types of organisation they fund.

How do you apply?

An online application form will be available from Saturday at:

When will people find out if they’re funded? Everyone will know whether or not their application is successful by the end of January.

The deadline for applications is Friday 6 December at 2pm.

The Community Assets fund closed to new enquiries in October with many more projects being submitted than able to support. The Lottery aim to let projects know if they have been invited to the next stage by the end of this month. They will invite through more than they are able to fund, so it will remain very competitive even for those advised to apply.

The deadline for the final submissions of those invited is March 31 2020 and they expect to let groups know the outcome in June 2020.

There are no plans currently to reopen Community Assets (or a similar fund focused on capital projects) in the future. Redesigning offers for all funding over £10,000 will begin next year.

What other funding is available for asset projects?

Scottish Land Fund: current round runs until summer 2020. Grants of up to £1 million to help communities purchase buildings / assets, including some project development costs. Won’t fund refurbishment, rebuilding etc.

National Lottery Awards for All can fund or contribute to capital or building projects, including purchase, building or refurbishment. Grants go up to £10,000.

Community-Led Activity grants can fund up to £50,000 capital work as part of a wider project for the benefit of a neighbourhood or local community