The Big Lottery Fund has relaunched their Reaching Communities programme and is now welcoming applications from organisations in England.

They are looking to fund people-led projects that meet their new funding priorities. These are:

  • Projects that 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.
What is available?

Grants of over £10,000 are available through the Reaching Communities programme. Grants can be used to cover capital costs, project activities, small-scale refurbishment and equipment.

Am I eligible to apply?

The following organisations are eligible to apply:

  • Schools
  • Voluntary and community organisations
  • Statutory bodies, including town, parish and community councils
  • Social enterprises
  • Community interest companies.
How do I apply?

There is a two stage application process for Reaching Communities applications.

First of all, you need to provide a brief outline of what you want to do. This can be done by submitting an online form or email, speaking to an adviser or sending a video. Big Lottery Fund will contact you to ask for more detail about your idea. This information will then be presented to a Big Lottery Fund panel.

If your idea is accepted, you will then be invited to submit a full proposal. You will have support to do this; a funding officer will help you put your proposal together.

There are no deadline dates – applications can be made at any time.

More information can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website.


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