The National Lottery Community Fund – funding programmes closing on 21 August 2024

Published: May 21, 2024


Posted on behalf of The National Lottery Community Fund

The funding programmes closing on 21 August 2024
As an organisation that supports groups who have grants with us or may be applying, I wanted to remind you of our plans to close some of our programmes later this year.
These are our Community Led, Improving Lives and Cost of Living Support Scotland funds, which will close to applications at noon on Wednesday 21 August.
In March, we contacted all current grant holders to advise them and have updated the programme pages on our website accordingly. We will continue to remind our customers of the upcoming closures on our social media channels.

Developing our funding programmes
As you may know, The National Lottery Community Fund recently unveiled our new UK wide strategy – It starts with community. We are currently developing new funding programmes which will align with the ambitions of this strategy whilst meeting the emerging needs of the communities we serve in Scotland.
As part of this work, we will close the aforementioned funding programmes and launch our new funding programmes in November 2024.
National Lottery Awards for All, Young Start and Scottish Land Fund will remain open to applications with no closing dates.
What this means for groups
• If they have already submitted an application to Community Led, Improving Lives or Cost of Living Support Scotland funds, it will be assessed as usual.
• If they already have an application form but haven’t applied yet, we’d advise they apply as soon as possible. If they’re no longer going to apply or are unsure about timescale for this, they should contact their Funding Officer.
• If they were considering applying to one of these programmes but haven’t discussed this with us or requested an application form yet, they should contact us as soon as possible so the Funding Officer in that area can advise them.
• If they have an existing grant under one of these which they wish to continue, they should speak to their Funding Officer if they’ve not already done so.
• If you, or any groups you’re speaking to, have any questions, please contact 0300 123 7110 or to speak to our area funding teams.


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