supporting, developing and representing community groups,
voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering
Reminder of The National Lottery Community Fund changes
Created: 21/06/2021, Updated: 03/08/2021
Last year, The National Lottery Community Fund reviewed and tweaked its Improving Lives and Community-Led programmes to ensure funding met the current needs of people and communities in light of COVID-19 and was flexible enough to adapt to changing circumstances.
A reminder of the key changes launched in December 2020 are set out below:
Organisations can include development/capacity building costs in applications e.g. staff training, redesign of services, adaptations.
Improving Lives (medium and large) programmes have now merged and changed the upper limit of the award to £200k.
Changed maximum duration of Improving Lives and Community-Led applications to 3 years (although they are also open to shorter/smaller scale applications).
Widened the range of what can be funded under Improving Lives.
The programmes can now fund activity to support people that experience discrimination and/or work to challenge discrimination.
The programmes can now fund activity that supports people facing financial hardship.
The programmes can now fund advice work, which they haven’t funded previously.
Fife Voluntary Action’s Capacity Building Team can provide support to organisations that are exploring funding opportunities. For further information, please e-mail [email protected] or call on 0800 389 6046.
The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland team have created a helpful guide with their top tips for reporting on your grant.
Reporting can often be time consuming but is an important part of your relationship with a funder, and is also useful to your organisation as a way of evaluating and reflecting on your impact.