Lottery Funding

Lottery funding is available through a variety of different organisations, including Sport England, Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery. Funds are available for projects ranging from just a few hundred pounds, to millions - all depending on what you want to do and who you want to work with.

In the majority of cases, in order to apply for lottery funding, you have to be a not-for-profit community organisation or charity. Therefore as a University we would need to work in partnership with other organisations to benefit. However, some schemes allow universities to apply, and in any case there are a lot of benefits to be gained from working with a local community group or charity.

  • Each organisation has its own priorities and focus, as does each funding stream they operate. More detailed factsheets will be available in due course; however a few simple rules and common points about lottery funding should be enough to get you thinking about the opportunites available.   
  • Lottery money must benefit communities as opposed to private business or individuals, unless otherwise stated. Therefore any approach must be 'not for profit', and the project must be 'open to all'.
  • Lottery money cannot be matched against other lottery money (classed as 'double-funding')
  • They want to give the money out - and actively encourage applicants to talk through the project idea BEFORE developing an application in order to check for suitability and make recommendations.
  • You must be able to evidence the need for the project -  including hard statistical data, consultation, partnership plans etc. The level of evidence required will depend on the size of the grant applied for.
  • Projects must be accessible to all - i.e. activities provided free - any profits arising from funded projects (if any) must be retained for the benefit of the community the project targeted, rather than being counted as part of 'company profits'.