Reaching Communities England

Funding priority

Reaching Communities fund projects or organisations that’ll do at least one of these things:

  • Bring people together to build strong relationships in and across communities
  • Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • Help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.



Type of funder

Charitable trust or foundation National lottery

Who can apply

You can apply if you’re an organisation is a:

constituted voluntary or community organisation
registered, exempt or excepted charity
charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
not-for-profit company limited by guarantee - you must be a registered charity or have a not-for-profit 'asset lock' clause in your articles of association
community interest company (CIC)
statutory body (including local authorities, town, parish or community councils)
community benefit society
co-operative society - you must have a not-for-profit 'asset lock' clause in your society rules and also be registered with the Financial Conduct Authority
group of organisations, as long as they're led by an eligible organisation.


They cannot accept applications from:

  • individuals
  • sole traders
  • organisations based outside the UK
  • anyone who’s applying for another organisation
  • organisations that look to make profits and share these profits out privately – including companies limited by shares, organisations without the right asset locks, or organisations that can pay profits to directors or shareholders.
  • organisations applying to more than one of our funds for the same project over the same period. This is because you cannot get duplicate funding for something we’re already funding you to do. It’s OK to apply to another programme if you’ve already had an unsuccessful decision though.

They cannot fund:

  • activities that make profits for private gain
  • religious activities (we can fund religious organisations if their project benefits the wider community and does not include religious content)
  • activities that replace government funding (for example, we can only fund school activities that happen outside of normal teaching hours)
  • activities that benefit individuals, rather than the wider community
  • projects where political activities are the main purpose, or that support or oppose a specific political party
  • lobbying activities
  • things you’ve spent money on in the past and are looking to claim for now (retrospective costs)
  • loan repayments
  • the topping up of organisation reserves.

Funding Type

  1. Capital expenditure
  2. One-off
  3. Project
  4. Running costs

Grant details

They can fund:

  • direct costs to deliver activities in your community – such as project staff, materials, equipment, room hire, volunteer expenses and project evaluations
  • organisational development – such as business planning, testing new ways of working, staff training and development, developing governance and leadership, tech or IT purchases or upgrades, developing and sharing impact and learning, and increasing capacity to support collaboration and partnership working
  • core or fixed costs to support the day-to-day running of your organisation – such as core salaries, rent, utilities, equipment
  • purchasing, refurbishing or developing of land and buildings.

They can fund some political activity and campaigning But only if:

  • the activity is not party political. This means that it must be about policy, practice, or legislation rather than opposing or supporting a political party.
  • the activity is meant to help the cause of your organisation and benefit the public or society.


Size of grant

  1. Large (£50,000 and up)
  2. Medium (£10,000 - £50,000)

Application details

There are two ways to tell Reaching Communities about your proposal. You can:

tell them about your proposal using an online form
email them or send a video about your proposal.

You’ll need to tell them:
the name of your project
where it'll take place
what you'd like to do
if and how demand for your services has changed
how your work will involve your community
how your project fits with local activities
who will benefit from your project
what difference your project will make
how much money you need
what you would spend the money on
how long you need the money for
what your organisation does and why you’re best placed to deliver your project.

They will let you know in around 12 weeks if they want to take your proposal further
If they do not want to take your proposal further we'll give you feedback explaining why.

If they want to take your proposal further, they will contact you for more details
They will ask for more information about your proposal and your organisation, including your organisation's financial accounts and current finances.

They will do this in conversation with you. They will agree the best way to get all the information we need, at a pace that suits you.

Contact Details


Apex House, 3 Embassy Drive

B15 1TR

Search by filter

  • Size of grant you are looking for

  • Region of your work

  • Type of funding

Skip to content