The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that it is closing its Community Led and Improving Lives programmes to new applications at the end of September. The team is now contacting all current grant holders to advise them and will be updating its website next week.
This closure comes as the organisation seeks to develop and launch a new portfolio of funding programmes in early 2023. This review arrives as the organisation seeks to make the best use of National Lottery funding to support communities to thrive in future. This process was due to happen previously in 2020, but it was inevitably delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please note: National Lottery Awards for All, Young Start and Scottish Land Fund are not part of this review and will remain open to applications.
What this means for groups
If they have already submitted an application to Community Led or Improving Lives it will be assessed as usual.
If they already have an application form but haven't applied yet, the organisation advises that they apply as soon as possible. If they're no longer going to apply or are unsure of about the 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 the organisation or requested an application form yet, they should make contact 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 [email protected] to speak to someone from the funding teams.