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Big Lottery Fund - Reaching 11 Communities England Grant

The Reaching Communities Grant was set up to improve the lives of the people most in need and their communities. The project must improve the lives of people, build stronger communities, make better rural and urban environments or promote more active communities.

Eligible Organisations

Eligible Organisations

The following organisations may apply:

  • An unincorporated association set up as a voluntary and community group
  • A community interest company
  • A not-for-profit company limited by guarantee
  • A community benefit society
  • A town or parish council
  • A statutory body, including schools
Suitable Projects

Suitable Projects

Organisations can apply for projects which fulfil the following criteria:

  • Salaries of project workers
  • Salaries of management staff
  • Recruitment of staff
  • Expenses of project staff and volunteers
  • Building running costs for use on the project
  • Training of staff and volunteers
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the project
  • Marketing and publicity for the project
  • Professional and legal fees associated with revenue expenditure of the project
  • Building and engineering works
  • Plant and equipment necessary for the project
  • Purchase of land, buildings, equipment or fixtures and fittings
Application Process

Application Process

There are two stages to the application process:

  • Complete a Reaching Communities Stage One application form, available on their website
  • If Stage One is successful, you will be invited to complete a Stage Two application form
Important Dates

Important Dates

There are no set deadlines for submitting the Stage One application form. However, Stage Two will have a specific deadline which will be communicated to applicants at the appropriate time.
Funding Range

Funding Range

In general, grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available. In addition, a separate ‘Reaching Communities Building’ grant is also available to fund land or building projects of £100,000 or more.

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Guidance for Applying for Grants

Check the latest grant information on the relevant website

Check for full eligibility (for your organisation and for your proposed project / activity)

Read all guidance and supplementary documentation

Contact the grant directly to clarify any questions or issues

Apply for the grant, ensuring that all required steps are followed

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