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Getting Your Group Ready to Apply

July 15, 2015

I’ve got a great idea for a project. Am I eligible for a grant?

Most funders – including the Big Lottery Fund – will only fund organisations to run a project, not individual people. So let’s look at what it takes to be eligible for one of our grants…

Is your group ready to apply?

What does my organisation need in place?

Whether you are part of an existing organisation, or are just setting something up, there are a few basic things it will need in place before you are ready to start filling in a Big Lottery Fund application. These are:

1. A governing document such as a constitution
This document needs to lay out the name and purpose of your organisation. It should also cover how it will work, like: how people join; how your committee will work; when you’ll have meetings, and so on.

2. A committee or board with at least three unrelated members (or two for grants of £10k or under)
By unrelated we just mean people who aren’t family members (like siblings, parents and children, married couples or civil partners), or living at the same address.

3. A bank account in your organisation’s name (as written on the constitution)
You’ll also need to make sure that at least two unrelated people are required to approve the withdrawal or spending of money from the account

4. Annual financial accounts
These should clearly state the name of your organisation (again, as on the constitution). They also must show the start and end dates for the 12 month period they cover (e.g. 1 Jan 2013 to 31 Dec 2013).

They don’t need to be produced by a professional, or audited by accountants, but they will need to be signed as accurate by at least two members of your committee.

If your organisation is still in its first 12 months, we will ask for a projection instead, listing any expected spending or income (including any grants you are applying for) over the next year.

I’m not sure how to set up an organisation. Where can I get help?

Getting your charitable organisation set up can be hard work, but there’s loads of help out there.

A great place to start is the ‘Setting up a charity’ section of the SCVO website. This provides a step-by-step guide on setting up a new group or organisation, and some useful resources like model governing documents.

You could also get help from your local Third Sector Interface.

Do we have to be a registered charity?

No. Some funders will only fund registered charities, but you don’t need to be one to access any Big Lottery Fund grants.

Right, we’ve got all that in place. What next?

If you’d like to talk about which Big Lottery Fund grants might be suitable just get in touch with our BIG Advice Team – we’re happy to have a chat and point you in the right direction.

To find other funders, also check out the free Funding Scotland search engine.

Good luck!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Big Lottery Fund Northern Ireland permalink
    October 19, 2015 12:35 pm

    Reblogged this on The Big Lottery Fund Northern Ireland Blog and commented:
    Big Lottery Fund Scotland created a great blog that makes setting up a constituted group clear and simple. If you’re thinking of setting up a new group, there are four steps to take:

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