Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund (National Lottery)

Grants available for: organisations that support people and communities under severe pressure because of the increased cost of living
Size of grants given: between £10,000 and £75,000
Next deadline: 16th October 2023

Aims of Fund

To fund organisations supporting low-income households and individuals.

Who can apply

To apply your organisation must already run critical services around at least one of the following:

  • food and emergency supplies – like food and baby banks or the provision of hot meals, clothes or toiletries
  • emergency shelter – like night shelters or other accommodation for people experiencing homelessness
  • safe spaces – like domestic abuse services and youth services
  • warmth – like warm rooms and spaces
  • financial and housing advice – like giving people advice because of the increased cost of living.

Your organisation must also be facing both

  • increased demand for these critical services


  • increased costs of delivering these critical services

You can apply even if you already have funding from The National Lottery Community Fund.

How much and what can you apply for

You can get funding to pay for:

  • costs of delivering, expanding or adapting your existing critical service(s) from the date you are funded until 31 March 2024. The date you are funded will be around 12 weeks from the time you submitted your application.
  • retrospective costs of running the existing critical service(s) you’re applying for between 24 July 2023 and the date you are funded.

See the National Lottery Community Fund website for more information about what you can spend the money on.

How to apply

Create an account on the National Lottery Community Fund website, or log in to your existing account, and complete the online application form.

You can see here a full list of questions from the application form.

The information you’ll need to supply includes:

  • how the increasing cost of living has affected your organisation
  • what kind of critical support you’ll provide
  • what difference your work will make
  • how your work will fit in with other local activities
  • how you will support and involve your community. By community we mean people living in the same local area.
  • why your organisation is the right one to do this work.

They will also want information about your finances and a budget for the activities you are asking them to fund.

Deadlines for application

The deadline for applications is 16 October 2023 at 12 noon

They’ll start funding organisations in October 2023, and finish in January 2024. If you get funding you must spend it by 31 March 2024.

Contact details

Last updated: 24/7/23 DA

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