Grants are available for voluntary groups, schools, local authorities and health bodies in England to carry out projects that will improve their local community.

Current Status Open for Applications
Maximum value: £ 10,000

Objectives of Fund

The Awards for All programme aims to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need.

Value Notes

Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available.

The Awards for All programme will not give more than £10,000 (in one or more grants) to an organisation in any one year period.

Match Funding Restrictions

Grants can be used to pay for some or all of the project costs.

Who Can Apply

Awards for All welcomes applications from:

  • Voluntary and community organisations, including:
    • Registered charities.
    • Constituted groups and clubs.
    • Not-for-profit companies and community interest companies.
    • Social enterprises.
  • Schools.
  • Statutory bodies.

To be eligible for funding applicants must have:

  • Two unconnected people on the board or committee.
  • A UK bank account in the name of their organisation.
  • Annual accounts (unless the organisation is less than 15 months old).

The Big Lottery Fund is ‘keen’ to support smaller organisations and will consider their income when making a decision.


Grants are not available for:

  • Individuals.
  • Sole traders.
  • Organisations aimed at generating profits primarily for private distribution.
  • Organisations based outside of the UK.
  • Applications made by one organisation on behalf of another.
  • Alcohol.
  • Contingency costs, loans, endowments or interest
  • Electricity generation and feed in tariff payments.
  • Paying someone else to write an application.
  • Political or religious activities.
  • Profit making/fundraising activities.
  • Recoverable VAT.
  • Statutory activities.

Eligible Expenditure

The programme will fund projects/activities that meet one or more of the following outcomes:

  • 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.

Communities should be involved in the design, development and delivery of projects.

Examples of eligible costs include:

  • Training costs.
  • Volunteer expenses.
  • Staff costs.
  • Small capital projects.
  • Transport.
  • One-off events.
  • Equipment.
  • Utilities/running costs.

This is not an exhaustive list. Applicants are advised to contact the Big Lottery Fund with any queries about their project’s eligibility.

How To Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Application packs are available from the Awards for All website.

If an organisation is offered an award, it will be required to provide certain documentation before the award can be paid. The nature of the documentation required will depend on the type of organisation.

The application assessment period normally takes three months so applicants should time submission of their applications at least three months before their project is planned to start.

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