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People’s Postcode Lottery

Our Small Grants Programme exists to try to make the world a better place through short-term, designated funding for projects that embody the following theme:

  •  Advancement of citizenship or community development

Funding from People’s Postcode Trust has already enabled hundreds of organisations to deliver successful initiatives involving sport, health, reducing poverty, environmental improvement and the advancement of human rights within the framework of community development and the advancement of citizenship.

Through this programme, we provide funding for projects of up to twelve months in length, ranging from £500 up to £20,000 (£10,000 for projects in Wales) to registered charities, community and voluntary groups, community interest companies and other not-for-profit organisations.

Please read the guidance notes thoroughly before you consider applying.

The online application form is currently closed, but will be open between the opening and closing dates as detailed below.

Guidance Notes

From 2015, Small Grants will continue to operate on a regional basis through an online application forms, but will reduce to two rounds in the timescales below:

Opening date 1st October – closing date 30th October

NOTE: For projects seeking funding purely for sports kit and equipment, or in other regions of England that we are not currently supporting (specifically the NORTH OF ENGLAND and the MIDLANDS) we are able to recommend a different grant-giving Trust that may be able to assist you. Details can be obtained here. 


Through community development and the advancement of citizenship, projects should empower individuals and groups of people by providing them with the skills they need to effect change in their own communities.

Advancing community development involves creating opportunities for the community to learn new skills and, by enabling people to act together, helps further social inclusion and equality.

We are looking for projects that engage local communities and leave a positive long term impact beyond the duration of funding. We especially welcome applications for projects that are focused on improving life for disadvantaged groups and encouraging their inclusion within society. 



The Small Grants online application form is only available during the opening and closing dates of the funding rounds. The main items of information that will be requested on the application form are:

  • Your organisation’s contact details
  • Description of your organisation
  • Description of your project
  • How your project advances “citizenship or community development
  • Expected outcomes and long term impacts of your project
  • Total estimated cost of your project and the total amount requested from PPT
  • Planned start and end dates of your project
  • Cost breakdown detailing every item you intend to purchase with your grant
  • Details of other sources of funding for your project
  • Details of how you intend to promote your project and acknowledge the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery


All regions in Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply for funding in each funding round.

However, regions in England are only eligible to apply within specific funding rounds. The eligible regions in England are defined as the following:

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