National Lottery Awards for All – England

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Grants are available for charities, voluntary groups, schools and local authorities in England to carry out projects that will improve their local community.

Objectives of Fund

National Lottery Awards for All is a small grants programme provided by the National Lottery Community Fund, previously known as the Big Lottery Fund until the name was changed in January 2019.

The Awards aim to support projects that will improve the quality of life for local communities.

Projects should meet at least one of the Fund’s priorities:

  • Bringing people together and building strong relationships in and across communities.
  • Improving the places and spaces that matter to communities.
  • Enabling more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Value Notes

Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available.

The Awards for All programme will not give more than £10,000 (in one or more grants) to an organisation in any one year period.

Match Funding Restrictions

Grants can be used to pay for some or all of the project costs.

Who Can Apply

Awards for All welcomes applications from:

  • Voluntary and community organisations, including:
    • Registered charities.
    • Constituted groups and clubs.
    • Not-for-profit companies and community interest companies.
  • Schools.
  • Statutory bodies (including town, parish and community council).

To be eligible for funding applicants must have:

  • Two unconnected people on the board or committee.
  • A UK bank account in the name of their organisation.
  • Annual accounts (unless the organisation is less than 15 months old).

The Big Lottery Fund is ‘keen’ to support smaller organisations and will consider their income when making a decision.

All applicants are expected to be able to demonstrate that the group and activities they run are open and easy for new people to get involved, and that they support equal opportunities and challenge discrimination.


Grants are not available for:

  • Individuals.
  • Sole traders.
  • Companies that can pay profits to directors, shareholders or members (including Companies Limited by Shares).
  • Organisations based outside the UK.
  • Organisations that have already submitted a National Lottery Awards for All application and are currently awaiting a decision.
  • Organisations that don’t have at least two people on their board or committee who aren’t married, in a long-term relationship, living together at the same address, or related by blood.
  • One organisation on behalf of another.
  • Certain types of projects run by schools/organisations working in a school (those that only benefit teachers, pupils and parents of pupils and do not also strengthen the community outside of the school):
    • Projects to improve school facilities or equipment.
    • Projects to help with staff training.
    • Projects that are part of the school curriculum.
    • Projects that involve activities the school should already be providing (like a project teaching literacy during school hours).
    • Projects that take place during teaching times (lunch breaks, or before and after school might be eligible).
  • Contingency costs, loans, endowments or interest.
  • Alcohol.
  • Electricity generation and feed in tariff payments.
  • Paying someone else to write an application.
  • Political or religious activities.
  • Profit making/fundraising activities.
  • Recoverable VAT.
  • Statutory activities.

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