Big Lottery Fund relaunches with more funding streams, less paperwork

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Friday, 13 April, 2018

The Big Lottery Fund (BLF) relaunched Reaching Communities on 3 April and a new fund “Partnerships” has also been added.

BLF has moved away from standardised application forms so that they can focus on supporting the best ideas, not the people who are best at filling in forms. Groups can now submit their ideas online, by phone or in person.

Remember, we can help

RedbridgeCVS's Community Fundraiser can help you submit your application. Ring Shaweb Ahmed on 020 3874 4137 or email

Three types of funding

BLF offer three types of funding:

National Lottery Awards for All

The National Lottery Awards for All scheme offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

Find out more about National Lottery Awards for All funding

Reaching Communities

Reaching Communities offers grants of over £10,000 to support single organisations with great ideas that enable communities to thrive. 

Reaching Communities supports ideas that meet their three funding priorities. You need to show how you:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

BLF are interested in supporting organisations that are:

  • people led - meaningfully involving the people you’re working with in the development and delivery of your activity
  • strengths based - making the most of the skills that already exist in communities
  • connected - understanding what other relevant organisations are doing and developing good working relationships.

Find out more about Reaching Communities funding


The Partnerships funding provides grants of over £10,000 for groups or organisations who have great ideas to do amazing things together. 

Partnerships funding is specifically designed to support “generous leadership and increased collaborative working, which starts with shared goals and values between different organisations and an understanding of the bigger picture”.  

It can support you to develop and grow existing partnerships and also to encourage new types of partnership which build on your different skills and strengths.

The funding can support many different types of partnership, including:

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

Find out more about Partnerships funding

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