Opening timetable

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.

Active Communities is 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.

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 neighbourhoods that are eligible to apply.

Our Active Communities funding programme is currently open in Health Lottery North West.

Applications opened on Wednesday 6 October and will close on Wednesday 3 November at 1pm.

We are open in parts of:

  • Cheshire East
  • Greater Manchester: Stockport, Trafford, and Wigan only
  • Lancashire: Lancaster only
  • Merseyside: Wirral only

We will be opening in Health Lottery East Midlands on Wednesday 10 November at 1pm in the following areas:

  • Derbyshire: Bolsover, Erewash, and North East Derbyshire only
  • Leicestershire: Charnwood and North West Leicestershire only
  • Lincolnshire: East Lindsey only
  • Northamptonshire: Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, and the former East Northamptonshire council area only
  • Nottinghamshire: Ashfield, Broxtowe, Mansfield, and Newark & Sherwood only

Please note that these are our planned openings but due to the nature of how we get our funding, these openings are subject to change.

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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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