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Magic Little Grants 2022

Magic Little Grants 2022 has now launched, with applications taking just 10 minutes to fill out and submit!

After successfully distributing 2,000 grants to Localgiving members last year, making it our biggest ever Magic Little Grants programme, we’re incredibly excited to announce that 2022 is going to be even bigger and better than ever before! We will be awarding £500 grants to 2,650 charitable organisations on Localgiving. We are so pleased to have expanded the number of grantees this year as we know how popular these grants have proven for our charities. We would like to extend a huge thank you to the support and contributions from the Players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, who make this programme possible.

The six funding trusts from the People’s Postcode Lottery who we will be collaborating with to administer our biggest ever Magic Little Grants programme in 2022 are:



This year we will be funding more organisations than we ever have before and we will still be spreading this funding out far and wide across the country. Last year we expanded our eligibility criteria which will remain this year. In previous years, funding had to go towards projects that were delivering sports or physical activities. But this year funding can go towards any of the following projects:

  • Improving mental wellbeing

  • Enabling community participation in the arts

  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty

  • Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality

  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces

  • Enabling participation in physical activity

  • Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability

  • Increasing community access to outdoor space

If your organisation is carrying out a project within these themes, make sure to get your application in once the programme launches on 16th March 2022. The application process is short and simple, taking ten minutes to complete. Each organisation may only apply once in 2022.

Organisations must either be in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250,000. Funding can be used to launch new projects, support existing ones, or cover core costs associated with ongoing work.

Please note that schools are eligible to apply if they are a registered charity. Groups in Northern Ireland are not eligible to apply for this funding.

If you have been awarded a Magic Little Grant in previous years, you will need to have completed and returned your monitoring forms for those years before you can receive another grant. 

If You're Not Registered With Localgiving

If you’re new to Localgiving (i.e. you are registering with us to apply for the grant) and your Magic Little Grant application is successful, alongside the £500 grant you will also be awarded a year of free membership (funded by the the Players of the People’s Postcode Lottery). This means that you will not have to pay the £150 + VAT membership fee, but you will still be required to set up a direct debit upon registration. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application via email, regardless of whether they are successful or not, within two months of their submission.

Make sure to enter the promocode MLG2022 to claim your free annual membership as part of the grant. You need to complete the Localgiving validation process before you are able to submit your application.

To get started, you will need to register your organisation with us and provide us with a couple of documents just for us to validate your organisation, such as a bank statement, accounts, governing document and details of two bank signatories. Once you have completed your registration process, you will be able to submit your application for a Magic Little Grant.


If You're Already Registered with Localgiving

If you are already a Localgiving member, then you can complete the simple online application form by logging into your Localgiving account. A link to the application form can be found under the ‘My Grants’ section of your account.


Video Competition

After a very popular trial last year, we will also be running two video competitions throughout the year, awarding a £100 donation to the winning organisations. These competitions will be taking place in August and December.

The winners will be the organisations that create the best “thank you” video, thanking the Players of the People’s Postcode Lottery for their support as without it, none of this funding would be possible. We encourage you to get creative in these videos and make them as professional and high quality as possible, ensuring you thank the Players and showcase the benefits of the funding you have received. Details on how to enter will be emailed to grantees.


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Magic Little Grants 2021

Magic Little Grants 2021 has now closed and we are no longer accepting applications. 2021 was our biggest programme to date, seeing us distribute £500 grants to 2,000 charitable organisations delivering projects falling within 8 different funding themes. We would like to extend a huge thank you to the support and contributions from the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

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Magic Little Grants 2019

In our biggest programme to date, we distributed £458,500 to 917 local charities and community groups delivering sports or physical activities across the UK.

Flamingo Chicks, who received a grant to provide sensory kits for disabled children to attend dance classes, said: “The grant had a huge impact! It's a great scheme. We love Localgiving, it’s so easy to use and has been instrumental in our organisation’s success.”

Featherstone Rovers Foundation, who received a grant to deliver a range of activities to encourage more young people to try Rugby League, said: “It’s a breath of fresh air to be able to complete a straight forward funding application and reporting process!”

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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”.

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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.”