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National Lottery Community Fund - Partnerships

Wed 9 Dec 2020

Rolling Programme


Grants are available to voluntary and community organisations in England which work together with a shared set of goals and values to help their community thrive.

Minimum Value: £ 10,000

Grants of over £10,000 are available for up to five years.

The National Lottery Community Fund's Partnerships programme provides grants for new or existing partnerships where everyone takes responsibility to work toward their shared goals together, while offering their own insights and perspectives. The National Lottery Community Fund calls this “generous leadership”.

The aim of the programme is to encourage organisations to work in partnership to help their communities thrive by focusing on the bigger picture, rather than just what their organisation can do on its own. “Communities” can be people living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.

The funding can support different types of partnership, including:

  • Cross-sector partnerships.
  • Local place-based collaboration.
  • Local and national organisations working together around a particular theme.

Applications are accepted at any time.

Applications will be accepted from partnerships (both new and existing) of any of the following organisations:

  • Voluntary and community organisations.
  • Registered, exempt or excepted charities.
  • Charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs).
  • Not-for-profit companies limited by guarantee (must be a registered charity or have a not-for-profit "asset lock" clause in the articles of association).
  • Community interest companies (CICs).
  • Schools.
  • Statutory bodies (including local authorities, town, parish, or community council).
  • Community Benefit Societies.
  • Co-operative societies (must have a not-for-profit "asset lock" clause in their society rules and be registered with the Financial Conduct Authority).
  • There are different types of partnerships that can be funded
  • Cross-sector partnerships.
  • Local place-based collaboration.
  • Local and national organisations working together around a particular theme.

For more information and to apply, see the National Lottery Community Fund website.