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National Lottery Community Fund Update

Published: February 25, 2021

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UK-wide Climate Action Fund now open for second round

Here are the key facts (you can find full details on our website):

Funding available: We’re offering two types of funding in this round – development funding up to £150,000, and full awards up to £1.5 million.  We expect to make 12 to 15 awards in total in this round, and to award more development grants than full awards.

We don’t have a quota or separate budget for different parts of the UK, but we want to fund a range of projects that reflect a mix of different communities and places, so we’re keen to get the word out in Scotland.

It would be fantastic if you would help us share this with any relevant networks or groups you think might be interested in applying, and on social media using #ClimateFundUK and tagging us (@TNLComFundScot).

Types of project we’ll fund: Medium to large scale projects addressing waste and consumption. We are looking to support place-based, community-led partnerships that will make the changes in their community they believe will have the biggest impact on climate change.

Who can apply: We’re looking to invest in community-led partnerships that are made up of a mix of organisations from different sectors. But the lead applicant should be a community-based organisation (e.g. voluntary sector organisation, social enterprise, school – see our website for a full list) and that’s who we looking for at this stage.

Deadline: submit initial ideas by 5pm on Thursday 8 April 2021


Virtual funding events – 3 and 11 March

We’re running a couple of webinars about our funding in Scotland over the coming weeks – one on Wednesday 3 March and one on Thursday 11 March, both at 10.30am. We’ll be giving an overview of our funds, some tips, and a chance to ask questions.

Anyone interested can sign up to either session online, and again we’d be grateful if you’d help us share the word.

Following these national events we’ll also be looking at how we can increase our virtual presence in the local areas too – and we’ll be keen to work with you more closely on that.


Communities Can conference – 24 March

One year on from the first impacts of the pandemic on our life in the UK, we’ll be hosting a national (virtual) conference – Communities Can. We’ll be bringing together learning and insight from the past year, projects we’ve funded and sector leaders to explore how we can continue to support communities across the UK. We hope it’ll be a thought-provoking day! If you are interested in attending, you can book your free place now.

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