Funding

Growing Great Ideas – The National Lottery Community Fund

The new Growing Great Ideas Programme from the National Lottery Community Fund has a focus on supporting transformational and long-term change.

The Growing Great Ideas Programme has a focus on supporting transformational and long-term change. The National Lottery Community Fund is looking for visionary initiatives that go beyond individual organisations, and instead focus on ecologies, platforms, ecosystems, assemblages, networks and constellations. They expect these initiatives to be generating an infrastructure through which many things are possible.

The National Lottery Community Fund is looking to invest in different combinations of people, communities, networks and organisations that demonstrate an ability to seed and grow alternative systems, accelerate the deep transition of 21st-century civil society, and to learn and adapt as they go.

At application stage, they’re interested in hearing about your ideas and plans, rather than a detailed project description. Their funding will reflect the stage of your idea – they’ll discuss this with you if you’re shortlisted to submit a full application.

Suitability
The Growing Great Ideas Programme is looking to invest in different compositions of people, communities, networks and organisations over the long term. They might be better described as ecologies, platforms, ecosystems, assemblages, networks and constellations – they’re using different words because at this stage of the funding programme, but still testing an approach. They’re also using language to be explicit about how this is different from what they’ve done before. The important thing is that the Growing Great Ideas Programme can see the potential in how these compositions will grow and deepen over time, extending missions, and adding to the ecology as they go.

Your lead organisation also needs to be a:

  • registered charity
  • community interest company
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
  • community benefit society
  • co-operative society (if it has a not-for-profit clause)
  • voluntary or community organisation
  • statutory body (including town, parish and community councils) – like them to be part of the initiative but not lead it
  • company limited by guarantee (if it has a not-for-profit clause).

Funding size

The minimum grant size is £150,000. The minimum length is two years. Funding can be available for up to ten years in some circumstances.

The National Lottery Community Fund expect to have a total of £25 million available for this programme until March 2022. And more funding beyond that.

Will fund things like:

  • staff salaries
  • development work (testing new ways of working, staff training and development, developing governance, tech or IT upgrades/purchases, sharing learning)
  • transport
  • utilities/running costs
  • volunteer expenses
  • equipment
  • capital costs (we may consider funding capital costs if you can demonstrate how they can benefit the ecology in the longer term).

Application 

On-going, UK-wide

For more information visit www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/growing-great-ideas

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