Over the past few months we have been meeting with organisations who are providing support to community groups in Northern Ireland. During our conversations it was interesting to hear that they get asked similar questions to us by groups seeking funding.
We chat to customers and helper organisations regularly about our popular small grants programme, The National Lottery Awards for All. Here’s some of the common things we hear and answers to each of them:
Groups need to have their project idea finalised before speaking to us
This isn’t the case, we are happy to speak to you as soon as you have a project idea in mind that has come from your community, even if your idea is at a very early stage.
We want your application to be as strong as it can be, so speak to us as early as you can so we can provide you with advice and support.
Groups need to be registered with the Charity Commission in order to apply
We can only consider applications from a community group if they have a governing document that has been adopted by the group. A group does not need to have a charity registration number in order to apply.
If you are not sure, you are welcome to contact us and we will talk you through our requirements.
New groups can’t apply to The National Lottery Community Fund
This is not the case. We welcome applications from new organisations. As long as a group has a UK bank account and governing document in their legal name we are happy to chat to them about their project idea.
The National Lottery Awards for All programme is closed
This is not true. As with all of our funding programmes, our ever popular small grants programme remains open and has not closed in Northern Ireland. Groups can still apply for funding of between £300-£10,000 online. This programme has no deadlines and decisions are made on a regular basis.