National Lottery Awards

Deadline 19th August 2020

Annual awards scheme celebrating the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects and the difference they have made to people’s lives. The awards recognise the dedication and commitment of people across the UK who use Lottery funding to improve the environment around them.

The winner in each category will receive a £3,000 cash prize for their organisation and a National Lottery Awards trophy.

Award categories:

  • Arts
  • Education
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Sport
  • Heritage
  • Community/Charity
  • Young Hero (under 18s)

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Spring Impact – Scale Accelerator

Deadline 12th August 2020

Scale Accelerator is a fully funded 6-month Accelerator Programme for UK based charities and social enterprises who are ambitious about impact.

The programme aims to helps organisations to maximise their impact on people’s lives by offering £30,000 worth of consultancy from a dedicated team of experts.

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, organisations get access to a dedicated team of expert consultants and join a small group of other organisations on a similar journey. 

To find out more, click here.

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The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust: Charity Survival Fund

Deadline 27th July 2020

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust have set up a fund ‘The Charity Survival Fund’ in response to ongoing concern about Covid-19’s economic impact on charities. The £10m Fund will provide core funding to help charities, especially small and medium sized, to offset lost income in the current financial year.

The fund is open to UK registered charities that:

  • Have a beneficial area within the UK
  • Actively operate across one of the three areas prioritised by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust: Health and Wellbeing, Welfare and Education, Arts and Culture
  • Have annual income below £5m
  • Have lost (or are forecast to lose) income due to Covid-19
  • Have not already received Covid-19 related funding from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust

to find out more, please click here.

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Arts Council’s National Lottery Project Grants to Reopen on 22nd July

On 22nd July Arts Council’s National Lottery Project Grants will be reopening again for applications, with a budget of £59.8 million available until April 2021.

They will be making improvements to make the fund more responsive to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners during Covid-19.

Guidance for the programme will be updated on the website by mid-July.

Click here for the Arts Council website.

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Government announces £40 million green jobs challenge fund

Government published a press release around fund of up to £40 million will create jobs in nature recovery and conservation.

Plans to create thousands of new jobs to kick-start the nation’s green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic were unveiled by the government today.

The £40 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund will bring forward funding to help charities and environmental organisations start work on projects across England to restore nature and tackle climate change.

Click here for the full press release.

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Biffa Natural Environment

Deadline for round 2: 7th August 2020

Biffa are welcoming online Expressions of Interest from between £250,000 and £750,000 for large-scale projects of regional or national significance. In a change from 2019.

Built Environment projects should transform cultural, heritage or visitor centres. They should inspire and promote learning, creativity and participation on a grand scale.

Previous projects funded under this theme include the redevelopment of a spectacular science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) experience at Winchester Science Museum, the creation of a world-class maritime exhibition at Chatham Historic Dockyard and the transformation of a former First World War aircraft hangar into a state-of-the-art aerospace museum.

To find out more, please visit the Biffa website here.

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Family Fund

The Family Fund provides grants and information related to the care of severely disabled children under the age of 17.

The grants are awarded according to specific criteria relating to the child’s disability, receipt of a range of benefits, and proof of UK residency.

The Family Fund’s five-year strategy (published in October 2017) aims to deliver more for families and to advance the Trust’s grant-making and support services for those raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.

According to the new strategy, the Family Fund will seek to:

  • Increase the number of families who receive a grant, or information and support from services from 88,119 to 150,000, an increase of 70%.
  • Amplify the experiences and voices of families to professionals, policy makers and the public, across the UK.
  • Retain and identify new sources of income to ensure the practical support that families need is available when they need it.

To find out more, please visit the Family Fund website here.

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Social and Community Capital – Coronavirus Response Fund

Deadline 29th June 2020

One-off grants are available to not-for-profit organisations across the UK who employ people from disadvantaged or vulnerable groups and who have suffered a loss because of the coronavirus/COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

The grant must not exceed 25% of the organisation’s annual turnover or £50,000.

To be eligible, organisations must:

  • Employ people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups
  • Generate at least 30% of revenue from trading income
  • Have had a pre-coronavirus annual turnover of between £50,000 to £1 million.
  • Have suffered a loss of trading income since March 2020, caused by lockdown restrictions
  • Have been founded and trading prior to 1 January 2019
  • Have been financially sustainable (or on a path to financial stability) up to March 2020
  • Be constituted, operating and delivering impact in England, Scotland, Wales, and/or Northern Ireland

To find out more, click here.

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European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2021

Deadline 1st October 2020

The European Heritage Awards promote high standards of heritage conservation practice through the award of public recognition to outstanding initiatives and best practices which contribute to the protection and enhancement of cultural heritage in Europe.

Applications can be submitted in four categories of entry:

1. Conservation

Outstanding achievements in the conservation, enhancement and adaptation to new uses of cultural heritage.

2. Research

Outstanding research, digitisation and knowledge transfer projects which lead to tangible effects for the safeguard and enhancement of cultural heritage in Europe.

3. Dedicated service to Heritage

Open to individuals or organisations whose commitment over a long period of time (minimum 10 years) demonstrates a high degree of dedication and civic engagement coupled with excellence in the safeguard and enhancement of cultural heritage in Europe, which exceeds normal expectations in the given context.

4. Education, training and awareness-raising

Outstanding initiatives related to education, training and awareness-raising of cultural heritage with the aim of fostering capacity-building and local support, building a sense of place and identity and stimulating citizens engagement and ownership.

To find out more, please click here.

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Art Fund: Respond and reimagine grants

Fund Closed

Respond and reimagine grants provide funding to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the longer-term future.

Funding is available from £10,000 to £50,000. They will consider offering 100% funding.


  • Ordinarily have spaces for the public to visit and experience the visual arts or other object-based collections. This could include natural history, maritime and transport, archaeology and social history.
  • Can demonstrate that you usually operate to best practice standards or have a good track record in delivering high quality public activity.
  • If you are an organisation that is a visual arts agency or festival, we’d be happy to hear from you providing you can meet the above and have a strong visual arts focus. Sadly, we can’t support theatre, music, dance or other art forms.

There are three funding rounds for these grants:

  • Round 1: Apply by Monday 6 July 2020
  • Round 2: Apply by Monday 17 August 2020
  • Round 3: Apply by Monday 12 October 2020

To find out more, please click here.

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