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10 funding tips from our staff and successful projects

October 13, 2017

The Big Lottery Fund distributes 40% of National Lottery good causes funding.  The groups we fund are transforming communities and making a difference to people’s lives. To help applicants in Northern Ireland, we are sharing advice from our staff and successful projects.

Here is a roundup of ten top tips from our #BIGNIFunding campaign….

#1 You don’t need to have your pitch ready before you get in touch with us about your idea


#2 If you are applying to the Awards for All Northern Ireland programme, remember to attach a recent copy of a bank statement for the account the grant will be paid into.


#3 You don’t need to pay someone to fill in your form.  Contact us if you need help!


#4 Talk to other groups in your area and see if you can work together to have the greatest impact.


#5 You don’t need to use buzzwords to make your application sound ‘better’.  Answer the questions in your own words.


#6 Aileen from Off the Streets gives you her advice on putting young people in the lead.


#7 This will make you rethink your approach to planning a project – see our people in the lead film.


#8 Check out our very quick video guide about the application process for Awards for All.


#9 Hear from one of our successful projects about how to approach your #funding application.


#10 Read the guidance carefully. Contact us if you need advice.


….. and we have more great tips to come, so keep following our #BIGNIFunding campaign on facebook and twitter

To find out more about our funding, visit our website

You can contact the Big Lottery Fund advice team in Northern Ireland by emailing or telephone 028 90551455 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

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