Postcode Community Trust – Small Grants – Round 1 EOI Deadline 10th February 2017


Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving body funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Postcode Community Trust provides funding opportunities to community groups and charities in Scotland, England and Wales, through grants ranging from £500 – £20,000 (or up to £10,000 in Wales).

Postcode Community Trust provides short-term, designated funding to good causes that promote community cohesion and demonstrate positive change through access and engagement.

Please note that we are vastly oversubscribed and therefore can only consider applicants who have fully read and understood the guidance notes. We will also give preference to those projects that show innovation and tangible sustainability.

Postcode Community Trust aims to fund grassroots organisations, local charities and non-profit community businesses seeking to change their communities in a positive way.

During 2017 Postcode Community Trust will run two rounds, divided into two stages. Stage One will comprise an Expression of Interest Form. If successful, an organisation will be invited to apply to the Stage Two full application form. We only accept on-line applications for both stages and our forms only go live during dates listed below.

Our staff are on hand at key times to help with any queries you might have. T: 0131 555 7287 at the following times: Mon: 10am-12pm and 2-5pm Wed: 10am-12pm and 2-5pm Thur: 10am-12pm and 2-5pm E: [email protected]

Communities are at the heart of Postcode Community Trust. PCT aims to fund projects that enhance community cohesion through activities that bring people together and enhance a community’s identity. Grass-roots sports, arts and recreation projects that help bring people together and relieve isolation are all things that PCT wants to support. In addition PCT wants to improve the overall health and wellbeing of communities through exercise, counselling and training. Projects should help people gain better access to community facilities, community activities and strengthen communities in ways that are different, sustainable and reach a wide number of people.

Postcode Community Trust provides funding for activities that: o Promote team/group sports and activities at a grass-roots level; o Provide or enhance places for sports and recreation; o Promote community arts projects; o Work in innovative ways to relieve older or disabled people’s isolation within their communities; o Improve the health statistics of a community through, for example: • First aid courses • Exercise • Mental health awareness or counselling • First Responders Projects likely to get funding will demonstrate: o Strong community reach/high numbers of beneficiaries o Sustainability: the project will have impact beyond its 12 months o Clear acknowledgement of PCT’s support; and, o Short and concise descriptions of activities and likely outcomes. Examples of projects that would fit within these guidelines: o Sporting projects that involve disabled people, the elderly, and girls/women; o Projects that train members of the community to become sport coaches; o Purchases of minibuses to enable disabled or elderly to take part more fully in their community; o Establishment of community choirs, drama groups, art clubs, history societies; o Community First Responder courses; o Exercise programmes that benefit elderly or disabled people, helping to prevent falls and limit obesity; and, o Programmes that provide mental health provision for those experiencing various addictions or life-limiting problems.

Things we are unlikely to fund: o General renovation work on existing facilities; no capital appeals or “bricks and mortar”; o Lunch clubs, mother and toddler groups and after-school, teen social activities; o Healthy eating programmes not delivered in an innovative manner; o Programmes that make claims that can’t be substantiated, eg “boosting confidence”; o Community garden projects; and, o Projects that aim to relieve poverty through skills-based educational training.

If you are in any doubt about your project’s eligibility, please contact the Postcode Community Trust helpline for more information: [email protected] or 0131 555 7287

For more information and to apply please go to the funders website by clicking here.


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