Localgiving has teamed up with the Postcode Community Trust to provide over 400 grants of £500 to small charities and community groups. Thanks to support from the players of People's Postcode Lottery, the Magic Little Grants Fund provides small charities and community groups the opportunity to access funding to deliver engaging physical activities, which help to overcome barriers to participation.
To benefit from funding, projects need to meet either of the following themes:
- Overcoming barriers to participation in physical activities in creative ways
- Increasing social cohesion through developing access to sports and other recreational activities
Applications are able to be made from 15th May to 31st October 2018. As part of the grant, organisations who are not currently members of Localgiving will also be awarded an annual Localgiving membership, worth £96, that will enable them to benefit from Localgiving's online fundraising support and services.
In order to apply for the funding grant your organisation must meet the following criteria:
Income - You must have an annual income under £50,000. Priority will be given to organisations with an annual income under £20,000.
Physical activity projects - You must be running, or be planning on running a project that encourages individuals to take part in some form of physical activity to help improve their physical and mental health and well being.
Operating within Great Britain - Please note that organisations operating in Northern Ireland are not eligible to apply.
How to apply
Localgiving member? If you are a Localgiving member, simply log in to your account and click the Magic Little Grant button on your dashboard (as shown below) - it should only take 10 minutes to complete your application.
Not a Localgiving member? If you are not a Localgiving member then you need to click here for further information about applying for the grant.
For further information please download our guidance notes.
Please note that as applications are reviewed on a monthly basis, your organisation could wait up to two months to receive an update on the status of your application. Successful applicants will receive the grant payment within a fortnight of being notified they have been successful.
Questions? Contact our Localgiving help desk on 0300 111 2340
Magic Little Grants Fund 2017 Roundup
Between September 2017 and January 2018, Localgiving awarded £100,000 in grants to 205 local charities and community groups through its Magic Little Grants Programme.
This round of grants were distributed in association with the Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. These grants, of £250 and £500, were specifically aimed at projects that seek to increase participation in exercise and healthy activities. A wide variety of groups have been supported ranging from exercise classes for stroke survivors to outdoor, adventure activities for disadvantaged young people.
Applicants had to have an annual income under £50,000 or be in their first year of operation. Preference was given to projects that encouraged social cohesion and helped vulnerable people to overcome barriers to participation in physical activities.
- LEGS (London Exercise Group for Stroke) said "We are so grateful for the funding we have received and it was such a smooth process with great communication from you at all stages".
- The 2000 Club, a disability focused sports group in Heston, added "Everything that [Localgiving] promised to do from applying to receiving the funds went through smoothly”.
On top of their grant, all successful organisations receive access to Localgiving’s online fundraising platform, numerous fundraising resources and regular match fund campaigns.
If you're a foundation or other grant maker interested in supporting small local charities via Magic Little Grants, then please get in touch!
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0300 111 2340.