Big Lottery Fund – Celebrate Wales

Big Lottery Fund – Celebrate Wales

Grants are available for voluntary and community organisations, schools and statutory organisations to hold one-off events or activities which celebrate their local community.

Current Status – Open for Applications

Maximum value: – £ 10,000

Objectives of Fund

The grants will enable eligible organisations to hold one off events and activities which celebrate their local community’s history, a local hero or generally bring people together.

Value Notes

There is total funding pot of £5 million, which will be distributed as follows:

  • England – £3.875 million
  • Scotland – £575,000
  • Wales – £325,000
  • Northern Ireland – £225,000

The level of funding varies depending on the location:

  • England – grants of between £300 and £10,000.
  • Scotland – grants of between £500 and £5,000.
  • Northern Ireland – grants of between £500 and £5,000.
  • Wales – grants of between £250 and £2,000.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be accepted from:

  • Voluntary or community organisations with a constitution and bank account.
  • Schools.
  • Statutory bodies.

Big Lottery are especially keen to receive applications form groups who have not applied for funding from them before.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • The purchase of alcohol.
  • Payment to third parties for their help with writing an application.
  • New staff posts or existing staff costs that are already being funded. (Big Lottery can pay for sessional staff to deliver short term activities and existing staff to carry out project related activities additional to their current role, if they are the most appropriate people to deliver them.)
  • Vocational training.
  • Activities that are publically funded.
  • Projects better suited to other Lottery funders. For example: projects to increase participation in the arts, increase participation in sport or protection of natural or built heritage or projects that are celebrating sport/art/heritage or are using them as an engagement tool are fundable.
  • Part funding for a major capital project and part funding a large revenue project when other funding is not secured.
  • Costs that do not represent good value for money or that Big Lottery thinks are unreasonable. For example, registration or membership fees for existing clubs, loans, interest payments, general appeals, endowments or activities to raise funds for the applicant’s organisation.
  • Religious or political activities.
  • Large items that only benefit an individual. A limited number of smaller commemorative items for example may be fundable; however, larger items such as equipment given to one person are not fundable.
  • Retrospective costs.
  • Trips outside the UK.
  • General running costs which are not part of the project (for example, rates, utility bills, rent and routine repairs and maintenance).
  • Second hand vehicles.
  • Recoverable VAT.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for projects that bring people together to mark something important to the community, such as the Queens 90th Birthday, commemorating a local historic event or getting to know their neighbours better.

Eligible projects will need to demonstrate that they are open to everyone in the local community.

Priority will be given to applications which show:

  • Communities coming together to celebrate and share their diverse cultures.
  • The proposed activity is something that the local community wants and is led by people within the community.

Funding priorities vary across the UK, applicants are advised to visit the Big Lottery Fund’s website for further information.

How To Apply – Applications can be submitted at any time and will be considered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. The fund will close to applications once all grant monies have been awarded.

To apply, groups must first check that they are eligible using Big Lottery’s eligibility checker. Those who are eligible will be sent a link to download an application form.

Applications must demonstrate:

  • How the project will bring people together in the community to celebrate.
  • Why the activity is something their local community wants and how they can demonstrate it is led by the people within it.

To find out what other funding is available in your area please visit TVA’s Funding Portal by clicking here

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