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The National Lottery is funding projects in the arts, sport, heritage, charity, voluntary, health, education and environmental sectors. Every project makes a real difference to lives and communities across the UK.

Different types of grants fund different types of projects – take a look below or refine your search by using the tabs to the right.

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National Lottery Awards for All Northern Ireland

Voluntary or community organisations and public sector organisations are eligible to apply for 12 months of project funding. This programme supports people to bring about positive changes in their community. This includes support responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Northern Ireland

The National Lottery Community Fund

£300 - £10,000

Empowering Young People

Helps young people aged between 8-25 improve one or more of the following: the skills they need for the future; relationships with their support networks and communities; their health and wellbeing.

Northern Ireland

The National Lottery Community Fund

£10,001 - £500,000

People and Communities

Supporting positive change in the community that are having to adapt to the increasing challenges of COVID-19. The People and Communities programme is designed to support you to work with local people to bring about positive changes in your community. A community could be a geographical area or a community of interest.

Northern Ireland

The National Lottery Community Fund

£10,000 - £500,000

Screen Scotland - The Broadcast Content Fund

The Broadcast Content Fund aims to help the sustainable growth of Scotland’s broadcast production sector, encouraging the development of new projects, the scaling up of already successful activities and the production of commissioned programmes.

Scotland

Creative Scotland

£10,000 - £100,000

Screen Scotland - The Distribution and Exhibition Fund

The Distribution and Exhibition Fund aims to support wider distribution of completed Scottish films across Scotland and internationally, and especially to increase access to Scottish films for as wide and diverse an audience as possible within Scotland.

Scotland

Creative Scotland

£5,000 - £15,000

Screen Scotland - Film Festivals Fund

The Film Festivals Fund aims to increase the range and diversity of films available to audiences in Scotland - projects supported through this fund should help to promote cinemagoing and cinemas in Scotland, and to raise the profile of film, especially specialised film.

Scotland

Creative Scotland

£5,000 - £70,000

Screen Scotland - Market and Festival Attendance Fund

The Market and Festival Attendance Fund aims to support attendance at international film, TV and screen festivals and markets for screenwriters, directors and producers based in Scotland, to enable them to meet potential partners, access global markets and promote their completed projects.

Scotland

Creative Scotland

£150 - £1500

Open Fund for Individuals

The Open Fund for Individuals aims to support a wide range of activity initiated by freelance and self-employed artists and creative practitioners living in Scotland who are at least 18 years old.

Scotland

Creative Scotland

£500 - £100,000

Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development

The Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development is for organisations and groups based in Scotland whose work or project involves the arts and/or creative industries.

Scotland

Creative Scotland

£1,000 - £100,000

Screen Scotland - The Production Growth Fund

The Production Growth Fund aims to help grow Scotland’s screen production sector by attracting large scale productions into the country, and maximising spend in Scotland.

Scotland

Creative Scotland

£200,000 - £500,000

Screen Scotland - The Film Development and Production Fund

The Film Development and Production Fund exists to offer development and production funding for feature-length films and documentaries being made by filmmakers based in Scotland.

Scotland

Creative Scotland

£3,000 - £50,000

National Lottery Awards for All Scotland

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

Scotland

The National Lottery Community Fund

£300 - £10,000

Community Led

The Community Led funding support communities to improve the places in which they live and the wellbeing of those most in need.

Scotland

The National Lottery Community Fund

£10,000 - £150,000

Improving Lives

Through Improving Lives, we aim to support activity that helps people overcome challenging circumstances and become more resilient.

Scotland

The National Lottery Community Fund

£10,000 - £200,000

Sport Facilities Fund

The Sport Facilities Fund (SFF) supports capital projects that create or improve places where people take part in sport and physical activity at all levels.

Scotland

sportscotland

£10,000 - £100,000

Film Education Partnership Fund

The aim of this fund is to develop increased capabilities in film education, typically through greater connectivity and partnership working between film education organisations and practitioners, and professional development for the film education practitioners involved.

Scotland

Creative Scotland

£5,000 - £70,000

Screen Scotland - Professional Development Fund

This fund aims to contribute to this by providing support for individuals working in film and television to access training, mentoring and other professional development activity, nationally and internationally.

Scotland

Creative Scotland

£250 - £5,000

National Lottery Awards for All Wales

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

Wales

The National Lottery Community Fund

£300 - £10,000

Be Active Wales Fund

The Be Active Wales Fund aims to protect and progress community sport clubs and organisations in Wales through the Covid-19 pandemic and into the future. The fund has already helped many clubs and organisations across Wales face the challenges caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. It will continue to provide funding to help clubs tackle these challenges, and to ensure sustainability for years to come.

Wales

Sport Wales

£300 - £50,000

Crowdfunder - A Place for Sport

Any not-for-profit clubs, voluntary or community-based organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical activity in Wales will be eligible for A Place for Sport. The scheme aim to raise money for ‘off-field’ improvements, such as lifts and ramps for better disability access, changing rooms, etc.

Wales

Sport Wales

£1 - £15,000

Mind Our Future

Mind Our Future is a £10 million grant programme to put young people in the lead so that they can imagine and create a more resilient and mentally healthy future for young people in Wales.

Wales

The National Lottery Community Fund

£1 - £10,000,000

People and Places Medium Grants

People and Places: Medium grants offers funding from £10,001 to £100,000 for projects where people and communities are working together and using their strengths to make positive impacts on the things that matter to them the most.

Wales

The National Lottery Community Fund

£10,001 - £100,000

People and Places: Large Grants

People and Places: Large grants offers funding from £100,001 to £500,000 for projects where people and communities are working together and using their strengths to make positive impacts on the things that matter to them the most.

Wales

The National Lottery Community Fund

£100,001 - £500,000

Rural Programme (Round 2)

The Rural Programme (round two) is for projects that will make a positive impact on the lives of people and communities living in poverty in rural Wales. This programme will fund partnerships that understand the connection between the causes and effects of poverty, and propose solutions and services which use a joined-up approach to tackle the problem at its core.

Wales

The National Lottery Community Fund

£1 - £500,000

Reaching Communities

The Reaching Communities programme offers flexible funding over £10,000 for up to five years to organisations in England who want to take action on the issues that matter to people and communities. It supports organisations with great ideas that enable communities to thrive. The grants are awarded to voluntary and community organisations or social enterprises for up to five years. It can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs.

England

The National Lottery Community Fund

£10,000+

Small Grants – Return to Play

The Small Grants-Return to Play programme aims to support community organisations respond to the challenges of getting people active again after the coronavirus pandemic.

England

Sport England

£300 - £10,000

Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants

English National Lottery Project Grants is our open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. The fund supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations with projects that focus on: Combined Arts including festivals and carnivals, Dance, Libraries, Literature, Museums, Music, Theatre or Visual Arts.

England

Arts Council England

£1,000 - £100,000

BFI NETWORK Early Development fund

This fund is the first step in the BFI’s development support for live action and animated fiction projects from new feature film writers. It supports people at the very beginning of their development process to produce an initial treatment and related materials.

England

British Film Institute

£1 – no maximum cap but awards generally c. £1,500.

BFI NETWORK Short Film Fund

Our Short Film funding programme supports projects with directors based in England and supports the production costs of fiction shorts, in both live action and animation. It is run in partnership with the BFI NETWORK Talent Executives who work with filmmakers on the delivery of funded projects.

England

British Film Institute

£1 - £15,000

Return to Play: Active Together

The Return to Play: Active Together programme is a matched crowdfunding initiative which aims to support community organisations respond to the challenges of getting people active again after the Covid-19 pandemic.

England

Sport England

£1 - £10,000

Places and Spaces

The Places and Spaces programme, initially focused on the West Midlands region, is a matched crowdfunding initiative, which aims to support local sport and physical activity groups to create or improve sports facilities, bringing together communities as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

England

Sport England

£1 - £10,000

National Lottery Awards for All England

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

England

The National Lottery Community Fund

£300 - £10,000

UK Film-Focused Activity at International Festivals, Markets and other Platforms (UKFFA Fund)

The BFI Audience Fund is an open access, flexible fund for a range of audience-facing activities. The Fund aims to boost diversity and inclusivity, and to build a broad film culture across the UK which recognises and values the quality of difference and seeks to rebalance under-representation on screen, in the workforce and in audiences.

Nationwide

British Film Institute

£15,00 – £200,000

BFI Completion Fund

The BFI consider applications for completion funding from films that have been invited to launch at a major international film festival but need additional funding to be completed prior to their festival screening.

Nationwide

British Film Institute

N/A - No minimum or maximum amount

BFI Production Fund

The BFI Production Fund welcome production applications from new and established filmmakers. Priority will be given to projects and filmmaking teams that demonstrate a bold vision and creative excellence, and that are unlikely to be fully financed by the marketplace.

Nationwide

British Film Institute

N/A - No minimum or maximum amount

BFI Audience Fund

The BFI Audience Fund is an open access, flexible fund for a range of audience-facing activities. The Fund aims to boost diversity and inclusivity, and to build a broad film culture across the UK which recognises and values the quality of difference and seeks to rebalance under-representation on screen, in the workforce and in audiences.

Nationwide

British Film Institute

£20,000 - £200,000

BFI Development Fund

The BFI Development Fund awards money from the National Lottery to support formal development of original live action, emerging media and animation feature filmmaking from treatments to production-ready screenplays from storytellers demonstrating a bold vision and creative excellence.

Nationwide

British Film Institute

N/A - No minimum or maximum amount

BFI Film Export Fund

The Film Export Fund aims to enhance the export opportunities for British films where they have been selected to appear at important international film festivals. The fund can help sales agents with a film’s publicity and marketing, as well as with the technical and logistical costs of appearing at a high-profile festival.

Nationwide

British Film Institute

£1 - £15,000

National Lottery Grants for Heritage

The National Lottery Grants for Heritage programme is an open programme for all types of projects that focusses on heritage in the UK.

Nationwide

National Lottery Heritage Fund

£3,000 - £5,000,000