Localgiving launches its 2020 Magic Little Grant programme today (10 March), which will take the total distributed through the programme since launch to £1.25m.
The Magic Little Grants Fund sees Localgiving distribute £500 grants to local charities and community groups supporting and inspiring people to participate in sports or exercise. This year, over 900 grants will be awarded.
It is funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery through an award from Postcode Community Trust, and since 2017 has supported over 1,500 projects that have supported local communities to get active.
As well as receiving a grant, successful organisations that are new to Localgiving will also receive a free annual membership with Localgiving worth £96, funded by Postcode Community Trust. This will give them access to Localgiving’s online fundraising platform, regular campaigns and competitions, and fundraising resources. Previous recipients have been able to raise over £500,000 through online donations to further support their work.
Applicants for Magic Little Grants must either be in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250,000. Preference will be given to projects that encourage social cohesion and help vulnerable people to overcome barriers to participation in physical activities.
Funding can be used to launch new projects, support existing ones, or cover core costs associated with ongoing work.
The deadline for applications for Magic Little Grants 2020 is midnight on 31 October 2020, and new groups can register with Localgiving and apply for a grant here: grants.localgiving.org/pct. The fund has an application process designed to be completed in ten minutes.
In 2019, £458,500 was distributed to 917 local charities and community groups, with projects ranging from delivering chair aerobics for over 75-year-olds to setting up a football team for young girls.