Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities
Of interest to Organisations dealing with Community Activities, Project Activities, Operating Costs, Organisational Development and Capital Costs
The Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme makes grants of over £10,000 in England, supporting organisations with great ideas that enable communities to thrive.
You can apply if you’re a:
- voluntary and community organisation
- social enterprise
- group of organisations, as long as they are led by a voluntary and community organisations or social enterprise
- statutory body (including town, parish or community council)
- community interest companies (with two or more directors).
The grants are awarded to voluntary and community organisations or social enterprises for up to five years. They can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs.
They support ideas that meet their three funding priorities:
- bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
- improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
- enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.
They are interested in supporting organisations that are:
- people led – meaningfully involving the people you’re working with in the development and delivery of your activity
- strengths based – making the most of the skills that already exist in communities
- connected – understanding what other relevant organisations are doing and developing good working relationships.
They can fund:
- staff salaries
- project activities
- running costs
- small-scale refurbishment
- organisational development.
What they want to see in a funding application:
You developed your idea by involving the people who will benefit. They want to see that you’ve spoken to people and listened to what they have to say.
You’ll support what’s already working well. Use your knowledge of the skills and experience people already have and explore how you can build on it.
You can test new approaches. They are interested in your original and creative ideas for achieving your mission, and are keen to share what you learn with others.
You understand the existing activities and services that do similar work. Have you spoken to other groups? What can you learn from them, and how can you contribute to what they already do?
You’re committed to equalities and the environment. They will want to know about your equalities policy and your environmental policy if they are interested in your idea.