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Postcode Local Trust - West of England

Thu 4 Mar 2021

Application Deadline: 1 October 2021

Grants are available for smaller charities and good causes in the west of England.

Grants range from £500 to £20,000.

The following funding levels apply to specific applicants:

Applicants that are not formally registered as a charity with the Charity Commission can apply for between £500 and £2,000 in funding.

Applicants that are registered with the Charity Commission and can provide a charity number can apply for between £500 and £20,000 in funding.

The Postcode Local Trust, established in 2015, operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery. The Trust was created to provide financial support for charities and good causes which help communities enhance their natural environment in a way that benefits the wider community.

Beginning in 2021, the funding is intended for smaller charities and good causes in the west of England. Previously, applications were accepted from across Great Britain.

The March round is open for applications. It will closed either after 100 applications have been submitted or by 15 March 2021, whichever comes first.

Local charities and other not-for-profit organisations based and working in the west of England can apply.

To be eligible, applicants must have:

  • An income of less than £1 million in the last year. Preference will be given to organisations with an income of less than £500,000.
  • A governing document in the name of their organisation
  • A bank account in the name of their organisation with two unrelated signatories.
  • Signed accounts for the most recent financial year or a financial forecast for new organisations.
  • A registered Charity Commission number (not for a parent organisation) if applying for over £2,000.
  • The following organisations can apply for grants of between £500 and £2,000:
  • Community Interest Companies with an asset lock.
  • Constituted voluntary organisations with no charity number
  • Community benefit societies with an asset lock
  • Excepted and exempted charities

The following types of organisations can apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000:

  • Charities registered with the Charity Commission.

The funding is for projects in the west of England that have a clear link with one of the Trust's themes:

  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Enabling community participation in the arts
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  • Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces
  • Enabling participation in physical activity
  • Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space

The funding should be spent within 12 months and can be used for project or core funding.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Activities taking place outside the west of England or foreign travel.
  • Sponsorship
  • Medical research, clinical treatment, medical staff and equipment (e.g. defibrillators)
  • The promotion of religion
  • Animal welfare
  • Distribution of grants/funds to individuals or other organisations
  • Individuals.
  • Local, regional or government institutions and organisations with core statutory responsibilities (e.g. NHS foundation trusts, parish councils, town councils and public bodies).
  • Organisations currently in receipt of funds from People’s Postcode Lottery including Magic Little Grants and Learning Through Landscapes.
  • Previous grant holders with a Trust supported by People’s Postcode Lottery who have not submitted an evaluation form.
  • Previous applicants within four months of an unsuccessful application to a Trust supported by People’s Postcode Lottery.
  • Organisations that have previously breached their funding agreement with Postcode Local Trust.
  • Organisations with core support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery through other Trusts e.g. Wildlife Trusts, RDA, Girlguiding, Carers Trust, National Trust.
  • Political parties or party-political activities.
  • Schools, academies, nurseries and preschools.
  • Parent teacher associations and universities/colleges.
  • Organisations outside of Great Britain.
  • Organisations with an annual income in excess of £1 million.

The guidance notes can be found on the Postcode Local Trust website. The application form will be available only during the open window for applications.

A funding round will open each month from February until October 2021.

The round will close once a maximum number of bids have been submitted. Once a round has closed, organisations who did not get to apply are encouraged to apply in the following month’s round.

The funding rounds in 2021 will open at 10am on the following dates at which time the form will appear on the Postcode Local Trust website: 1 February, 1 March, 1 April, 3 May, 1 June, 1 July, 2 August, 1 September and 1 October 2021.