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The National Lottery funds over £600million per year to communities across the UK. Bid Writing for Lottery Funding varies depending on the grant you are tendering for.
How you write your bid will change depending on which of the Lottery funding options you are targeting. The National Lottery Community Fund (previously known as the ‘Big Lottery Fund’) splits it’s opportunities down as follows:
National Lottery Funding can help make a difference in your community.
National Lottery Awards for all provides funding opportunities from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.
The National Lottery will fund organisations with great project ideas that:
You can apply for lottery funding under £10,000 if your organisation is a:
With these grants, the National Lottery is willing to fund:
You should note that if your project requires things that aren’t on this list, you should still get in touch. We can work with the National Lottery Community Fund to agree if they will fund your requirements.
Your application for the Lottery Fund – Awards for All begins with you confirming the location your project idea will be delivered:
You should note here that lottery funding does not cover projects outside of the UK.
You will then need to write a comprehensive bid for the lottery funding which covers the following information:
You will need to give the names, contact details and dates of birth of two unconnected people from your organisation, one who will be the point of contact for any grant awarded.
By unconnected, the National Lottery Community Fund means not related by blood or marriage, in a long-term relationship or living together at the same address.
Following on from writing about who you are, your bid will need to describe who the company or organisation or group are who are tendering for funding. You will need to provide:
Next, you will need to provide your accounting information, specifically:
Note: Depending on your organisation, you need to provide Annual Accounts or confirmation that your organisation is less that 15 months old, and therefore unable to produce annual accounts.
Tied in with this you also need to provide…
You need to be able to demonstrate full bank accounts dating back for at least three months, or a welcoming letter from the bank if your account is newer.
This is important as it will be the account your funding is paid into if you are successful.
To meet with the National Lottery’s requirements at this stage you need to show the:
If you are bid writing for Lottery funding as a school, you will have to work with your Local Authority who can provide a letter confirming your:
Note: They should provide this on letterheaded paper, and it should be dated.
This is the big one! You need to write your bid for funding as clearly as possible and tell The National Lottery Community Fund:
There are a number of important things you need to consider when writing bids for lottery funding:
Your bid must focus on two key points:
If you’re unsure how you should write your bid for lottery funding, if you feel you need further advice on writing lottery funding bids, or just wish to learn more about tender writing in general, get in touch with one of our Bid Writing Consultants.
Again, the first part of this application is choosing your location(s) where the funding will be delivered.
Applications for funding over £10,000 are split again into a range of funding streams available for your location. For example, across England, the following opportunities are available in Spring 2019.
Flexible funding over £10,000 for up to five years to organisations in England who want to take action on the issues that matter to people and communities.
Through Partnerships funding, National Lottery funding make grants over £10,000 for organisations which work together with a shared set of goals and values
The Government has directed The National Lottery Community Fund to invest up to £1.2 million from dormant bank and building society accounts in England, to develop the capacity of local, frontline grassroots organisations who help young people facing barriers to work.
The Safeguarding Training Fund is a joint funded programme between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery Community Fund. It will provide funding over two phases until 2022.
The #iwill Fund will enable more young people to take part in social action through high-quality opportunities which create lifelong habits.
Sometimes the National Lottery Funding Committee choose to fund a range of opportunities within a specific area. At the time of writing this blog post the current location is the West Midlands:
On the weekend of Saturday 29 June and Sunday 30 June 2019, events will be taking place across the West Midlands to celebrate the Mayor’s Community Weekend. The aim of this is to celebrate diversity and bring people together and encourage people to go out, engage in their local communities and increase social interaction.
The National Lottery are working in partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority to offer £100,000 of National Lottery funding to groups who want to run an event. They can apply for grants of up to £500 to fund either the full cost of a small event or as a contribution towards the cost of a larger event.
If this, or any of the funding streams explained above suit your proposed ideas, then get in touch with our Hudson Succeed team today and we can support your bid for these opportunities!
Bid writing for lottery funding above £10,000 is a lot more complex than writing smaller grant applications. Each funding stream has its own requirements on how you should write your bid.
Alternatively, have a look at our virtual learning environment, Tender VLE, the first of its kind to provide advice and tips on all things tendering.
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