National Lottery Community Fund – Partnerships

This programme offers a larger amount of funding over £20,001 for organisations that work together with a shared set of goals to help their community – whether that’s a community living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.

In order to support communities, we fund partnerships which aim to:

  • bring people together to build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.

We want to be flexible and respond to your community’s needsSo we’ll offer funding:

  • for the long or short term
  • for a specific activity, or for broader costs to help your organisation or community
  • to bring organisations together
  • to support people, communities and organisations most affected by the cost-of-living crisis
  • to help organisations address the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on how they work, now and in the future.

You can apply if you’re a:

  • voluntary and community organisation
  • registered, exempt or excepted charity
  • charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
  • not-for-profit company limited by guarantee – you must be a registered charity OR have a not-for-profit ‘asset lock’ clause in your articles of association
  • community interest company (CIC)
  • school
  • statutory body (including local authorities, town, parish or community council)
  • community benefit society
  • a co-operative society – you must have a not-for-profit ‘asset lock’ clause in your society rules and also be registered with the Financial Conduct Authority.

If you’re an unincorporated group

It might be appropriate for you to incorporate. We suggest you explore this and consider the implications for your organisation.

We cannot accept applications from:

  • individuals
  • sole traders
  • organisations based outside the UK
  • anyone who’s applying for another organisation
  • organisations that look to make profits and share these profits out privately – including companies limited by shares, organisations without the right asset locks, or organisations that can pay profits to directors or shareholders.

For more information and how to apply click here: