A number of different organisations distribute lottery funds to voluntary organisations in North Devon, and it can be difficult to keep up with them and their changing programmes. Always check details and deadlines on the relevant websites, and look out for new programmes opening. At the time of writing, Sports England is about to launch a whole new programme of funding with revised priorities.


Arts Council


Grants for Arts

Size of grants: £1,000 to £100,000

Purpose: An open access funding programme for individuals, art organisations and other people who use the arts in their work. To support a wide variety of arts-related activities, from dance to visual arts, literature to theatre, music to combined arts.

Deadlines: Rolling programme



Big Lottery Fund

Awards For All

Size of grants: £300-£10,000

Purpose: For grassroots and community activity that aims to improve life for local people and neighbourhoods.

Deadlines: Rolling programme


Forces in Mind

Size of grants: See website

Purpose: Administered by the Forces in Mind Trust, to support the psychological well-being and successful and sustainable transition of veterans and their families into civilian life.

Deadlines: Rolling programme


Reaching Communities Buildings

Size of grants: minimum of £100,000

Purpose: Provides funding for land and buildings projects costing more than £100,000. It can also provide revenue funding to help to get the building running and deliver project activities. Only for most deprived communities. Postcode eligibility checker

Deadlines: Rolling programme


Reaching Communities

Size of grants: £10-£100,000

Purpose: For projects that help people and communities most in need. As well as revenue funding, this programme can provide up to £100,000 for capital costs.

Deadlines: Rolling programme



Heritage Lottery Fund

Sharing Heritage

Size of grants: £3-10,000

Purpose: Small-scale heritage projects which last less than one year

Deadlines: Rolling programme


Our Heritage

Size of grants: £10-100,000

Purpose: To protect and share heritage - anything from personal memories and cultural traditions to archaeological sites, museum collections and rare wildlife

Deadlines: Rolling programme


Young Roots

Size of grants: £10,000-£50,000

Purpose: To help young people aged 11 to 25 to explore their heritage, from green spaces, museums, and historic sites to language, local memories and youth culture

Deadlines: Rolling programme


Kick the Dust

Size of grants: £500,000 - £1 million

Purpose: To make heritage relevant to the lives of young people, aged 11-25, now and in to the future. This programme is also about developing the skills and confidence of heritage sites and services to sustain their work with young people over the long-term

Deadlines: 2nd Dec 2016


First World War: Then and Now

Size of grants: £3-10,000

Purpose: To explore the heritage of the First World War with grants of £3,000–£10,000

Deadlines: Up to 201


Resilient Heritage

Size of grants: £3,000-£250,000

Purpose: To help strengthen organisations, and build the capacity of staff and volunteers to better manage heritage in the long term.

Deadlines: Rolling programme


Parks for People

Size of grants: £100,000 - £5,000,000

Purpose: Revitalisation of historic parks and cemeteries

Deadlines: 29 Feb 2017


Historic places of worship

Size of grants: £10,000–£250,000

Purpose: To fund urgent structural repairs and help to make historic places of worship better places for everyone to visit.

Deadlines: 6 Feb 2017, 15 May 2017, 4 Aug 2017



Sports England

Small Grants, Only fund currently available.
New strategy to be launched shortly

Size of grants: £300 - £10,000

Purpose: To deliver these outcomes:

a)  An increase in the proportion of 14-25’s playing sport once a week
b)  A growth in regular participation for all those aged 14+
c)  A reduction in drop off at ages 16, 18, 21 & 24
d)  Growth in participation by people (aged 14+) with a disability

Deadlines: Rolling programme