The National Lottery Community Fund Reaching Communities presentation
We were delighted to be joined by Kent Funding Officers Rebecca Maxton and Kim Debling at our Funder Tuesdays Session with The National Lottery Community Fund – Reaching Communities on 16 March 2021.
This presentation was time-limited and we have now removed it from our website, but please see our notes and the links below.
Rebecca – Rebecca.Maxton@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk
Our Key takeaways from this session included:
They are keen for more applications from Kent.
Get in touch with your Kent regional funding officers (they cover different areas of Kent) – their role is to support you and to make lottery funding more accessible. So, if you are unsure about eligibility etc. get in touch.
Put people in the lead – make sure you consult your beneficiaries and ask them for feedback to show your service/project is what they want and need. The lottery will look for the voices of the beneficiaries you are looking to support. Talk to everyone you can. This video was shown today to illustrate this point: https://tinyurl.com/2h78wf6f
Clearly explain who will benefit and the difference your project/service will make.
Reaching Communities fund both core costs and project costs. So, if you are asking for money for utilities to be paid to keep your group going, then they are happy to fund that, if it is what you need.
The National Lottery Community Fund have never before been a crisis fund, but during the pandemic they have been a crisis funder. They want to hear about your challenges. Reflections on how the pandemic has impacted your service/organisation are encouraged. They want to help.
Very common eligibility pitfalls below:
- Individuals and sole traders applying (not eligible)
- CICs not having a minimum of two directors who are not in a long-term relationship/same address etc. (not eligible)
- Constituted groups/clubs not having a minimum of two trustees who are not in a long-term relationship/same address etc. (not eligible)
If you are invited to apply for the second stage, your regional funding officer is there to support you and more detail is needed. They will work with you (and ask you lots of questions) to get your application to the level that will work.
85% of those who attended today will be applying.
Please note: the information in this presentation was for a Kent audience in March 2021 and information changes all the time, so it’s essential to keep an eye on the National Lottery Community Fund website.