Postcode Community Trust - Community Grants

Status: Open to applications

Application Deadline: 04 February 2020


Short-term, designated funding is available for new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects, in Great Britain that focus on the 2020 themes to improve community health and wellbeing, increase participation in arts and physical recreation, or reduce isolation.

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Maximum Value: £20,000

Minimum Value: £500

Value Notes

Grants range from £500 to £20,000.

The following funding levels apply to specific applicants:

  • Applicants that are not formally registered as a charity with OSCR/Charity Commission can apply for between £500 and £2,000 in funding.
  • Applicants that are registered with OSCR/Charity Commission and can provide a charity number can apply for between £500 and £20,000 in funding.

Extended Description

The Postcode Community Trust was established to provide funding to charities and community groups that are working to support the development of their communities, the protection of the environment, engagement in sport, the advancement of health, promotion of human rights and the prevention of poverty.

In 2020, with funding from the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, the Trust is able to offer short-term, designated funding for projects that address the following themes:

  • Improving community health and wellbeing.
  • Increasing participation in arts and physical recreation
  • Reducing isolation.

Latest Information

Stage 1 applications for Round 1 of 2020 will be accepted from 21 January to 4 February 2020.

Key Criteria

Grassroots organisations, local charities and non-profit community businesses that are seeking to effect positive change within their local area in England, Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply.

The following organsiations are eligible to apply for between £500 and £2,000:

  • Companies limited by guarantee with a non-profit purpose.
  • Constituted voluntary organisation with no charity number.
  • Community Interest Company with no charity number.
  • Constituted sports group with no charity number.
  • Organisations with tax exempt status but no registered charity number.

The following organisations are eligible to apply for between £500 and £20,000:

  • Organisation with registered Charity number or SCIO/CIO number.

The Trust will consider applications from branches of national charities if the branch has its own charity registration number. However, this does not extend to local Wildlife Trusts.

All applicants must be able to provide proof they are a constituted organisation and have an organisation bank account.

All registered charities, with an income above £25,000, should have a financial reserves strategy in place.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for projects in Great Britain of up to 12 months in length. Projects are programmes of work which are limited in scope and seek to achieve particular outcomes.

In 2020, the funding is for projects in Great Britain that relate to the following themes:

  • Improving community health and wellbeing
  • Increasing participation in arts and physical recreation
  • Reducing isolation

It is likely that projects will be able to relate to multiple themes, and applicants should choose the theme that is most closely related to the intended outcome of their project.

Match Funding Restrictions

The amount of funding requested from the Trust must be more than 10% of the overall project cost.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Organisations currently in receipt of funding from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, including previous grant recipients who have not submitted a project evaluation form.
  • Existing projects (unless significant expansion).
  • Bodies seeking to distribute grants/funds to others.
  • Organisations with restricted or exclusive memberships.
  • Applications where Postcode Local Trust funding would be less than 10% of the overall project cost.
  • Organisations that have previously breached their funding agreement with Postcode Local Trust.
  • Political parties or party political activities.
  • Projects that promote religion.
  • Schools (except for special schools), PTAs, nurseries, and universities/colleges.
  • Lunch clubs, mother and toddler and after-school groups.
  • Individuals.
  • Feasibility studies.
  • Foreign travel.
  • General marketing appeals or sponsorship.
  • Medical research, advice and equipment.
  • End of life or palliative care.
  • Short-term projects such as events, conferences, day trips, seminars, galas or festivals.
  • Training or educational workshops that do not result in a tangible outcome for participants.
  • Building renovations/general refurbishment.
  • Installations of toilets, showers, lifts or changing rooms.
  • Organisations that appear to have excessive unrestricted or free reserves and no policy to reflect the rationale behind this.
  • Projects or activities that the state has a legal obligation to provide.

Please note that applicants can only apply to one trust supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery each round and may only submit one application per organisation

Application Procedure

The programme has two funding rounds and an online two-stage application process involving an expression of interest form. Those who are successful at the initial stage will be invited to complete a full application.

The 2020 dates for application are:

  • Round 1 Stage 1: 21 January - 4 February
  • Round 1 Stage 2: 10 March - 24 March
  • Round 2 Stage 1: to be announced
  • Round 2 Stage 2: to be announced

The online application form will be made available during the stage 1 dates.

As this scheme is 'vastly oversubscribed', applicants are urged to read the guidance notes that can be found on the Trust's website before starting the application form.

Application forms are available to complete online at the Trust’s website.

All funding decisions are made by an independent Board of Trustees.

Applicants wishing to discuss their project proposals should contact People’s Postcode Trust’s management team.

Contact the People's Postcode Trust for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on this site - please see the downloadable files on the right hand panel at the top of this page - or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details: Enquiries

People's Postcode Lottery
76 George Street

Telephone:0131 555 7287

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