Funding to Develop and Improve Community Partnerships (England)

Not for profit organisations such as community organisations, charities, schools and social enterprises in England can apply for grants of over £10,000 for up to five years to the National Lottery Community Fund’s Partnership Fund. The aim of the fund is to help local organisations develop a more strategic approach to improving their community by developing and growing new and existing partnerships with other organisations. This can involve area-based partnerships or communities of interest.

Funding is available 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.

During the current Coronavirus crisis, The National Lottery Community Fund will continue to support people and communities most adversely impacted by COVID-19. Support is available to:

  • continue to deliver activity to existing users, responding to the immediate crisis or undertaking recovery activity
  • change and adapt, becoming more resilient in order to respond to new and future challenges.

The grants can be used to fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs. A total of £40 million is available this year.

The Big Lottery Fund will support ideas that meet one or more of their three funding priorities:

  • 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.

Organisations eligible to apply include:

  • Voluntary and community organisations
  • Registered charities
  • Social enterprises
  • Groups of organisations, as long as they are led by a voluntary and community organisations or social enterprise
  • Schools
  • Statutory bodies (including town, parish or community councils)
  • Community interest companies (with two or more directors).

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/partnerships-england#section-2