Magic Little Grants 2019
We are delighted to announce that Magic Little Grants 2019 is now live!
Thanks to an award of £550,000 from Postcode Community Trust, funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we are able to provide more grants than ever before.
This fund gives local charities and community groups the chance to apply online for a £500 grant to deliver projects across Great Britain that encourage people to be physically active. Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants.
With its simple 10-minute application process, the Magic Little Grants fund reduces the work required for local organisations to access the funding they need to launch or strengthen their services.
- Applicants must either be in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250,000. Preference will be given to projects that encourage social cohesion and help vulnerable people to overcome barriers to participation in physical activities.
- Funding can be used to launch new projects, support existing ones, or cover core costs associated with ongoing work.
- The deadline for applications for Magic Little Grants 2019 is midnight on 30th November 2019.
As well as receiving a Magic Little Grant, successful organisations that are new to Localgiving will also be given a free annual membership with Localgiving worth £96.This membership gives them access to all of Localgiving’s wider online fundraising services, such as regular fundraising campaigns and training.
In order to apply for the funding, organisations are required to meet the following criteria:
- Income - You must have an annual income under £250,000.
- Physical activity projects – Your planned project must encourage people to participate in sports and exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health and well-being of participants.*
- Operating within England, Scotland, or Wales - Please note that organisations operating in Northern Ireland are not eligible to apply.
Groups who meet either of the following criteria are NOT eligible for the grant:
- Organisations that have previously been funded by a Magic Little Grant or the players of People's Postcode Lottery and have not finished the project/activity.
- Organisations that have previously delivered a project funded by a Magic Little Grant or the players of People's Postcode Lottery and have not completed their monitoring/evaluation form.
*Organisations providing dance and physical arts activities are eligible to apply for projects with the intention of overcoming barriers to regular participation and improving physical well-being. Applications seeking costs towards elite dance or physical arts and performance costs are unlikely to be successful.
For further information please download our guidance notes.
If you are already a Localgiving member, then you can complete the simple online grant application form by logging into your account.
To register your group with Localgiving and apply for a grant click here. Please use the promocode MLG2019 within the membership payment section to access your free annual membership funded by the Postcode Community Trust.
Please note that Localgiving members need to have an active membership and resolve any upcoming renewal payments in order to be awarded a Magic Little Grant. Groups who have previously been awarded a Magic Little Grant may apply for the £500 again but cannot get a second sponsored membership.
Questions? Contact our Localgiving help desk on 0300 111 2340
Magic Little Grants 2018
In 2018, £215,000 in grants was delivered to 430 small charities and community groups delivering sports or physical activities across the UK.
Leith Community Archers, who received a grant to help them purchase new archery equipment, said: “It has been tremendous, one of our members who uses a wheelchair has progressed to be an instructor through use of the equipment. This has inspired other members to want to do the same.”
Happy Wanderers Ambulance Organisation used their grant to provide free transport for older people and wheelchair users to access local physical activities, responded: “It is so good to have grant funding earmarked specifically for the very small charities in the community and open to requests for core funding”.
Magic Little Grants 2017
In 2017, £100,000 in grants was distributed to 205 local charities and community groups. Grants, of £250 and £500, were given to projects that seek to increase participation in exercise and healthy activities.
LEGS (London Exercise Group for Stroke), who received a grant to increase access to physical activities for stroke survivors, 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.”