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The National Lottery Community Fund: Improving Lives

Funding available: £20,000 - £200,000

Applications close: 31/01/2025

About this fund

Funding for people experiencing challenges in their lives to help them overcome this and become more resilient. They want to fund activity which means people:

  • are better able to identify solutions that enable them to take control over their lives and build resilience
  • are able to shape the projects and services they use to better meet their needs
  • have more access to support and opportunities to improve their lives.

All applicants need to demonstrate that their activity is people-led, connected, and strengths-based. They will fund activity that:

  • supports children, young people and families currently experiencing challenging circumstances
  • supports people that have experienced abuse
  • tackles loss, isolation or loneliness
  • supports people that experience discrimination and/or work to challenge discrimination
  • supports people facing financial hardship.

Fund award sizes

Minimum: £20,000 Maximum: £200,000
Notes on award amounts: The maximum grant length is three years.

Who can apply
Most organisations are eligible to apply. They’re keen to see applications from smaller organisations that they haven’t funded before.

When to apply
Applications can be submitted at any time.

How to apply
Read the guidance on the National Lottery Community Fund and then contact the Scotland Advice Team via email at to discuss what you’re planning and get an application form.


  • Retrospective costs
  • Promoting religion
  • Items that only benefit one person

Looking for support with funding?

Identifying funding opportunities and writing grant applications can seem overwhelming, especially when the future sustainability of your group is dependent on gaining funding support. 

Our supportive Funding Officer, Claire Shaw, can help your organisation with every step of the funding application process, from carrying out funding searches to proofreading your application.

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The National Lottery Community Fund: Improving Lives

The National Lottery Community Fund

Funding available: £20,000 - £200,000

Applications close: 31/01/2025

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