Is your organisation eligible for National Lottery funding?

So you have a great idea for a project to help your community to thrive. What next? Let’s look at what it takes to be eligible for one of our grants!

Like most funders, we only fund groups to run projects, not individuals. To be eligible for our funding, your organisation will need a few basic things in place before you’re ready to start your application.

  • A governing document such as a constitution

This document needs to lay out the name and purpose of your organisation. It should also cover how it will work, like how people join, how your committee will work, when you’ll have meetings, and so on.

  • A committee or board with at least two unrelated members (or three if you are applying for more than £10,000)

By unrelated we mean people who aren’t family members (like siblings, parents and children, married couples or civil partners) or living at the same address.

Voluntary groups, schools, social enterprises and charities are all eligible to apply
  • A bank account in your organisation’s name (as written on the constitution)

You’ll also need to make sure that at least two unrelated people are required to approve the withdrawal or spending of money from the account

  • Annual financial accounts

These should clearly state the name of your organisation (again, as on the constitution). They also must show the start and end dates for the 12 month period they cover (e.g. 1 Jan 2018 to 31 Dec 2018).

They don’t need to be produced by a professional, or audited by accountants, but they will need to be signed as accurate by at least two members of your committee.

If your organisation is still in its first 12 months, we will ask for a projection instead, listing any expected spending or income (including any grants you are applying for) over the next year.

Remember – you don’t have to be a registered charity to apply to The National Lottery Community Fund!

Once you have everything in place and are ready to start applying, we’d love to hear from you. We’re always happy to chat, no matter what stage of the application process you’re at.

Email us at or phone us on 028 9055 1455

You can also talk to us on social media: @TNLCommunityFundNI on Facebook and @TNLComFundNI on Twitter.

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