Big Lottery Fund - People and Communities

Supporting positive change in the community. 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.

Area - Northern Ireland

Funding size - £30,000 to £500,000

Total available - £57 million

Application deadline - Ongoing

Key Facts

All voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations are eligible to apply.

  • Funding is available between £30,000 and £500,000 for projects lasting between two and five years.

  • Big Lottery can consider funding capital costs of up to £100,000 within revenue projects.

  • Projects specifically targeting young people aged between 8 and 25 should apply to the Empowering Young People programme. Please check the programme page or call 028 9055 1455.

The programme will support projects that clearly meet the following two programme outcomes:

  • People make changes that improve their lives.

  • Communities build on their strengths and share learning.

All projects to embrace the three key themes of:

People-led: This means the people you’ll be working with will be meaningfully involved in the development, design and delivery of your project.

Strengths-based: They’d like to support people and communities to build on the knowledge, skills and experience they already have to make the changes they want.

Connected: They want to know that you have a good understanding of other activities and services in your community and can show how your project relates to these.

If you have a project idea call 028 9055 1455.

This is an opportunity to tell The Big Lottery about your project: what it will do, who will benefit from it and why it’s needed. You can also ask questions.

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