External Funding Service

Lottery Funding

For every £1 spent on Lottery tickets, 50p goes to funding for good causes. The funds which make use of that money are broad and varied, and often have exceptional application support and follow-up staff. Money is distributed through many organisations, with the BIG Lottery Fund being the main distributor (28p per 50p Lottery good-cause money).

Community Actions

  • Awards for All
    £300-10k for projects that benefit the community. Capital projects are funded up to a total project cost of £25k. For larger projects, see Reaching Communities.
  • Reaching Communities
    £10k-500k for general community projects. A capital/building fund is expected to be announced before the end of 2010.

Culture and Heritage

  • Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
    A range of different funding programmes aimed at supporting and increasing involvement in heritage activities across the wider community.

Environmental Concerns

  • Community Wildlife
    £300-10k in order to increase participation in conservation activities and enjoyment of local wildlife.


  • Sport England
    A range of funding options to grow support and involvement in sporting activities, usually at an amateur level.


  • Forces in Mind
    Funded support for the psychological well-being of service-leavers, helping those affected to reintegrate into society.
  • Heroes Return
    £150-5.5k to enable individuals who fought in the Second World War to revisit the places where they saw action.

Young People

  • Youth in Focus
    £500k-1.5m available to support vulnerable children and young people through tough experiences. Particular focus on projects benefitting Young Carers and Young People leaving care or Youth Offenders’ Institutions.
  • UnLtd
    Set up to support social entrepreneurs, UnLtd provides a range of funding and support options to enable those with big ideas to make it happen.