The fund has now closed for applications.

What happens after you submit your application

How long will it take to get a decision?

We are committed to getting the funds to you as soon as possible.

Our aim is to provide you with a decision on your grant application within four weeks of your application, but sometimes it may take longer. 

Assessment process

Your completed application will be screened to ensure it is complete. Screened applications will then be shared between the partner organisations for assessment.

The partner organisations are Big Issue Invest, The Key Fund, Resonance, the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), UnLtd, CAF Venturesome, the Young Foundation and Ashoka. If you have had funding, investment, or support from them in the last five years, you are asked to declare this and whether you would like your application assessed by them. Where possible, applications will be assessed by the partners who already know your social enterprise. This is to help speed up the assessment process only.

If you do not have a prior relationship with any of the partners, your application will be allocated to one of the partners and assessed on the same basis as other applicants.

The assessment of your application will not depend on your prior relationship with the partners. All applications will be assessed on the same basis.

If your application is not successful

If your application is not successful, we will contact you to let you know. You will not be allowed to re-apply unless we ask you to.

The National Lottery Community Fund will be carrying out an evaluation of the impact and reach of this funding, and may ask you to participate in that, even if you are not successful.

If your application is successful

The partner who assesses your application will contact you directly to ask any further questions to complete their assessment and to confirm whether a grant has been agreed. They will also arrange for the grant to be paid.

You will need to sign and return a grant agreement prior to the grant being paid. We will also ask for further information, bank evidence and proof of identity for key people in your organisation, prior to the grant being paid.

Rounds of applications

We split the fund into three rounds to ensure that smaller social enterprises - who may take longer to get their finances together - had a fair chance to bid.

  • Round 1: Opened at 1pm on Monday 13th July, closed at 1pm on Monday 20th July 2020
  • Round 2: Opened at 1pm on Thursday 13th August, closed at 1pm on Thursday 20th August 2020
  • Round 3: Opened at 1pm on Thursday 10th September, closed at 1pm on Thursday 17th September 2020

Did you receive my application?

When you submitted your form you will have received a confirmation email from along with a copy of your answers. If you don't see this email in your inbox then please check your junk folder.

Top tip: if you have applied

  • Keep an eye on your email! Please ensure the person whose email you put on the application can respond within two working days of submitting your application, in case we need more information from you