How will my application be assessed?

The fund has now closed. Here's info about what happens next and when you will hear back from us, if you applied

How long will it take to get a decision?

We are committed to getting the funds to you as soon as possible. But we are also aware that there will be a lot of applications for this fund and the programme is very new.

Our aim is to provide you with a decision on your grant application within three to 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 isn’t 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.

Please read the application guidance & FAQ for more information.

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