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Magic Little Grants 2018

Our Magic Little Grants Fund 2018 closed on the 31st of October 2018. Through this fund, run in association with the Postcode Community Trust, we distributed £215,000 in grants to 430 small charities and community groups delivering sports or physical activities across the UK. 


In 2018 Localgiving 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 needed 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


Grant Eligibility

In order to apply for the funding grant organisation's were required to 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.

For further information please download our guidance notes.

Questions? Contact our Localgiving help desk on 0300 111 2340


Magic Little Grants 2017 


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 received access to Localgiving’s online fundraising platform, numerous fundraising resources and regular match fund campaigns.


Get involved

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: or on 0300 111 2340.