Take some time to look at the new application form and guidance for Awards for All, if you are thinking of applying, and have done so before.
The funding priorities appear to have reduced from the previous four outcomes to three revised outcomes. Question 8 now appears to be the only question covering both outcomes, activities and need all in one go.
[ National Lottery Awards for All has three funding priorities and your project idea must meet at least one of these. We will use your answer to question 8 of your application form to make a decision, so please tell us there how your project will:
bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage
It’s important to us that you involve your community in the design, development and delivery of the activities you’re planning, so please tell us how you’ve done this. We believe this will help your project to be better supported by the energy and strengths that exist within your community and it is more likely to be successful as a result. By community, we mean people living in your local area, people who share a common interest, or people who experience similar barriers and issues. We are keen to support smaller organisations. To achieve this, we’ll take your organisation’s income into consideration as part of our overall decision.]
They now also state that ‘staff costs’ are included in things they will pay for. Previously the wording was ‘sessional costs’. Can we assume that they will now consider paying for salaries?
We will be asking Conor Cross, our local Big Lottery officer to confirm this once he comes back from his holidays.