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Magic Little Grants 2020

The Magic Little Grants 2020 programme launched on Tuesday 10th March 2020.

Together with Postcode Community Trust, a grant giving charity funded by players of People's Postcode Lottery, Localgiving is delighted to offer charitable organisations the opportunity to apply for grants of £500.

The fund will be awarding over 900 grants to community projects across Great Britain. Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants.

Applications will receive a decision on their application and, if successful, the funding within two months of submitting a complete application. The deadline for applications will be 31st October 2020.


Important Coronavirus Update

  1. Organisations now have longer than 12 months to spend the grant and we do not require specific dates for projects that you would like us to support. We want our funding to be able to be used flexibly and trust that you will deliver projects only when it is safe to do so.
  2. We are happy to support projects that support people to stay active during social distancing, such as online fitness classes delivered via video conferencing software or Youtube.


Not a Localgiving member?

Organisations who are not members of Localgiving, will also benefit from an annual membership, funded by Postcode Community Trust, that will provide them with access to Localgiving’s suite of online fundraising tools. 

Click here to join Localgiving and apply for a Magic Little Grant 


Already a Localgiving member?

Simply log in to your account and select the Magic Little Grant button on your dashboard to make an application.


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 or be in your first year of operation.
  • 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 that are a school or are linked to a school, such as a Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

Examples of projects that we cannot fund:

  • Activities focused on professional sports or physical arts where the participating athletes/performers are being paid
  • Medical equipment that supports the delivery of physical activities
  • Medical treatment
  • Foreign travel


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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.”