The National Lottery Community Fund: Great Ideas

The Great Ideas programme is designed to support great ideas that don’t necessarily involve people at every stage but if implemented would contribute to putting people in the lead and enable organisations to work with local people to bring about positive changes in their communities.

Funding from £10,000 to £500,000 is available.

The National Lottery Community Fund believe that working with people at every stage of the process helps communities to thrive.

However, they have learned that this approach sometimes leaves gaps for great ideas which don’t necessarily involve people at every stage of their development, but if implemented would contribute to putting people in the lead.  So they have developed Great Ideas to support projects like this.

Projects that they could support under Great Ideas might include activity like testing digital approaches, developing user led approaches or developing community decision making.

If you think it might be for you, talk to the funding team in your local area, give them a call on 028 90551455 or email them at enquiries.ni@tnlcommunitiesfund.org.uk

Exclusions

They cannot fund,

  • Costs for items or activities you have already incurred before you get a decision

  • Activities outside the UK

  • Fundraising activities

  • Second hand vehicles.

How to apply

Talk to them – they're really interested in your ideas. And are there to support you to make the best application possible.

If you think it might be for you, talk to the funding team in your local area, give them a call on 028 9055 1455 or email them at enquiries.ni@tnlcommunitiesfund.org.uk