Apply for funding

08 December 2021

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality. 

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years. We are currently open in Health Lottery East and will close on Friday 11 February at 1pm.

We are open in parts of the following areas;

  • Cambridgeshire: Fenland
  • Essex: Basildon, Braintree, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping Forest, North Harlow, Tendring
  • Norfolk: King's Lynn and West Norfolk, North Forfolk, Norwich
  • Suffolk: Babergh, Ipswich
It's for projects seeking investment of between £5,000 and £40,000 for projects lasting up to two years. We're looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages.

We're also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this we mean a group of people who have things in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area but they must live close enough to each other to meet up regularly.

The programme is open in different areas at different times of the year. Please note that to make sure our funds are distributed equitably, sometimes we will restrict the neighbouthoods that are eligible to apply. 

Applications opened on 13 January and will close on 11 February at 1pm.

We run a two stage application process that begins with an online form. There's step by step guidance to help you along the way but if you need any support, please call us on 020 7749 5151 or email us.

To find out more, click here.

To view our opening timetable for 2022 click here.

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You have already completed an application for funding, are you sure you would like to submit another application? You should only submit another application if it is for a different project. If you want to amend an application that has already been submitted, please call us on 020 7749 9100.

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