National Lottery Project Grants

Project Grants is open to anyone who needs funding for an arts, museums or libraries project that shows public benefit. We’ve updated our guidance so we can support more individuals and creative practitioners during Covid-19.


We’re making sure individual applicants are well supported and, for now, you won’t need to provide 10% match funding to be eligible. We’re also more likely to fund activity that gives you the time to think, plan and test new ideas and we’re funding a wider range of museum and library activity. Find out about these changes and more on our website.

What’s changed?

If your question isn’t covered by any of the above, check out our FAQs before you get in touch. We may already have an answer for you! Read the FAQs >

Afghanistan and Central Asian Association (ACAA)

The ACAA provides support, Skills and knowledge to help our communities live and prosper in the UK.

The ACAA has started an ‘older people’s virtual social club’. This initiative will assist older people to use Zoom, FaceTime or other video conferencing technology to develop a befriending network supported by volunteers and to develop a peer support group for older people.

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Don’t Miss DSC Zoom Talks – Sign up Today, They’re FREE!

Charities are navigating serious challenges relating to COVID-19 but also other long-term problems – such as racial inequality and racism not just in society but within our own sector.   To help you meet these head-on, we’re running a new series of free DSC Zoom Talks, on topics ranging from dealing with racism, to how to set up your office in the new environment, to getting your board communication right.

Zoom Talks are free to attend, so check out the list below and find out more!

Racism: Not in our sector?Wednesday 12 August

The Covid Crisis CEO: How to get it rightWednesday 19 August

The do’s and don’ts of successful board – executive communication during the crisisMonday 24 August

The end of the office as we know it?Wednesday 26 August

Funding to Help Small Charities & Social Enterprises Recover from the Covid-19 Pandemic (UK)

The Fore has launched the second round of their RAFT funding in response to the Covid-19 pandemic to support small charities and social enterprises as they recover and adapt to the post-lockdown world. The Transition Fund will offer grants of up to £15,000 in two rounds for organisations with an annual turnover of less than £500,000 to enable them to become more sustainable and refocus on the new needs of their beneficiaries. Those working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that have found it hard to access funding in the past are encouraged to apply. A webinar will be held on the 23rd July 2020 to help with applications. The closing deadline from successfully registered organisations is 5pm on the 7th September 2020. Click here

UK Parliament Launches Free Online Workshops

UK Parliament’s local outreach officers have today taken their community and youth group workshops online. Their sessions are designed to show groups in London how the House of Commons and House of Lords work, as well as offering first-hand expertise on how to influence decisions made in UK Parliament, get their voices heard and campaign for change.

The workshops are hosted by expert outreach officer from Parliament’s Education and Engagement team and can be tailored to suit the individual needs of each group.

There are a range of online workshops available throughout the rest of the year, suitable for a groups with different accessibility levels and experience in engaging with UK Parliament.

On the launch of the online workshops, Parliament outreach officer Nichola Luke said:

“I work with community groups across London, from Hillingdon to Bromley to Enfield and it’s been inspiring to meet a diverse and passionate range of people.

“I am here to support you and your communities to discover more about UK Parliament and engage confidently on the issues that are important to you.”

People, power, and UK Parliament: An introduction

This 30 minute online workshop is packed with quizzes and activities. Designed for a minimum of 15 people, groups will get a full overview of how UK Parliament works for them, covering:

  • How they can get their voices heard by MPs
  • What the House of Lords does
  • How MPs and Lords raise issues on their behalf

Are you influential? Get your voice heard in UK Parliament

This hour workshop is designed for a minimum of 10 people and has been created especially for those who have had some basic engagement with Parliament before. Attendees will develop a deeper understanding of how to raise the issues which mean the most to them, including:

  • How they can take action
  • What tools help influence debates, decisions and legislation
  • How they can build relationships with MPs and Lords


EMPOWER! For adults with learning disabilities

This highly accessible session typically lasts 45 minutes and is full of activities and quizzes to promote engagement and encourage adults with learning difficulties to develop active citizenship skills for life.

The session is designed for a minimum of 10 people, including carers and  group leaders can also learn to deliver our specialist training to their organisations and communities.

To check availability and book a session, please visit here.

These online events will replace the face to face sessions held by the outreach officers in their local areas during the coronavirus outbreak.

Carers Network are Recruiting for a New CEO

For nearly 30 years Carers Network has supported carers in Westminster. We have grown significantly in the past three years and have responsibility for providing services in three London Boroughs. Our income comes from a range of sources, in addition to the local authorities where we provide services. We provide information, advice, case work and support, social events, and activities for carers. We ensure carers are involved in making decisions about all aspects of their caring role. We now need a dynamic, entrepreneurial and charismatic leader to take our charity to the next stage of its development.  Someone who is passionate about helping carers in London. If you think this is you, then we’d love to hear from you.

Role: Chief Executive

Salary: £55,000 to £60,000 (depending upon experience)

Closing date for all applications: 10thAugust 2020. Interviews will be held in the week beginning 7thSeptember 2020

For further details click here

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Local Authority Gudance on re-Opening Your Business – By Borough

Simply click on the relevant link below for borough guidance:

Hammersmith & Fulham







Nominations for the 2020 National Lottery Awards Are Now Open (UK)

Nominations for the 2020 National Lottery Awards are now open to honour individuals who have made an extraordinary impact in their community, especially those who have adapted during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This year the annual search for the UK’s most popular National Lottery funded projects will, for the first time, honour individuals who will receive £3,000 for their organisation as well as a National Lottery Awards trophy for outstanding contributions in any of the following categories: arts; charity/voluntary; education; environment; health; heritage; sport; and young hero (under 18s). Nominations for ‘hometown heroes’ or ‘lockdown legends’ will be put before a judging panel made up of members of The National Lottery family and partners. The deadline for nominations is midnight on the 19th August 2020. Click here