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Completing your Awards for All application

13 January 2015

When we announced our latest round of Awards for All grants this January, we took a look at some of the most common mistakes made when applying for our small grant funding, and how you can avoid them.Application-blog-image

It seems obvious, but you’d be amazed by the number of application forms we receive that are incomplete. If your application is not complete then it can’t be assessed. Make sure you thoroughly read through the application guidance first and ensure you answer all the questions in the form.

Again, it might sound simple but please double check that all of your personal information, such as names and addresses are spelled correctly.

The most common application mistakes we see are:

  • Contacts not being suitable; ensure your senior contact is able to be legally responsible for any grant we may offer.
  • The main and senior contact being the same person.
  • Home addresses, dates of birth and landlines not included for both contacts, which includes schools.
  • If you are a company, the senior contact needs to be registered as one of at least three unrelated directors at Companies House.
  • If you are a registered charity, the senior contact needs to be listed as a trustee and there should be at least three unrelated trustees registered at the Charity Commission.
  • The name and address of the organisation not matching what is registered at the Charity Commission or Companies House – we do check this.
  • The bank account name not being the same as your organisation’s name.
  • The organisation’s incomings and outgoings not being provided.

If you have a great idea for a project and think you might be eligible for funding, please see our website for more information. Any arts, heritage or sports activities that do not meet one or more of our outcomes should apply for funding from another source.

If you have any questions about your application, please call our Big Advice Line on 08454 10 20 30.

Our England Big Advice team wrote this blog’… have you read our other Big Advice blogs?

17 Comments leave one →
  1. Becky permalink
    15 January 2015 12:00 pm

    Reblogged this on Dudley CVS blog and commented:
    Here’s a useful post from the Big Lottery Fund on the mistakes to avoid when completing your Awards for All application. As incomplete applications can’t be assessed, it’s really worthwhile doublechecking your application before submitting it, to avoid unnecessary delays to your project. Have a read and learn more below.

    You can always get help with your Awards for All application from Dudley CVS and we have loads of experience with building good quality projects and applications. And remember, Dudley borough is currently under-subscribed to Awards for All (see our last post on this here:, so it might be a good time to get planning your application!

    We’re busy planning our Awards for All event with staff from Big Lottery Fund and Dudley Council where you will be able to work on some of the most important questions on the application form. The event will be in April and we’ll post details very soon.

  2. Big Lottery Fund permalink*
    15 January 2015 1:40 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing Becky.

    • Becky permalink
      18 February 2015 9:35 am

      You’re welcome! Thanks to you for the handy post 🙂

      • Maureen Hume permalink
        1 March 2017 6:52 pm

        Good evening. I am about to start applying for a grant. Please can you tell me how to find the application form.
        Thank you,

      • Big Lottery Fund permalink*
        2 March 2017 4:18 pm


        The application form is available on the Awards for All page.

      • Becky permalink
        3 March 2017 12:46 pm

        Hi Maureen,

        You’ll find the Awards for All application form here: It’s the second document down under ‘Related documents’. Be sure to download it and save it to your computer before starting work on it. I’d also recommend downloading the guidance for applicants and reading that before you start the application.

        Good luck!

  3. 21 January 2015 5:09 pm

    I have a certificate from Facebook saying I won 600,000,00 you have my email address please contact me thanks

    • Big Lottery Fund permalink*
      22 January 2015 12:18 pm

      The Big Lottery Fund is a National Lottery distributor. We are not involved in any type of prize giving.


  4. 4 March 2015 1:52 pm

    Hi we are a Community Interest Company CIC
    we wish to apply to promote work related learning for young people in the admin and on hands experience with food preparation training as well as health and safety

    • Big Lottery Fund permalink*
      5 March 2015 9:20 am

      Thank you for your comment. If you are interested in applying for funding, please contact our Big Advice Line on 08454 102030. Or visit the funding area of our website. All the best.

  5. Big Lottery Fund Northern Ireland permalink
    21 September 2015 12:28 pm

    Reblogged this on The Big Lottery Fund Northern Ireland Blog and commented:
    here is some great advice for Awards for All applicants from the Big Advice team. And here’s a link to #A4ANI

  6. Annalice Sibley permalink
    2 March 2016 10:52 pm


    I have tried to send my application to email addresses provided and it keeps bouncing back ?

    • Big Lottery Fund permalink*
      7 March 2016 5:28 pm

      Hi There
      Please give our Big Advice team a call on 0345 4 102030. They will be able to help. All the best.

  7. Dianne Cunliffe CHAIRPERSON permalink
    11 March 2016 9:04 pm

    I would like to apply for lottery funding and would like an application form please. We are a social club in Golborne for adults with a learning and physical difficulties. . My email is Our social club is Linc Gateway Club.. Heath Street Golborne.

    • Big Lottery Fund permalink*
      15 March 2016 11:03 am

      Thank you for your message. If you’re looking to apply for funding, please call our advice team on 0345 4 102030. They will be happy to advise you on your next step. All the best.

  8. Neil permalink
    22 August 2017 3:21 pm

    Will the Big Lottery be running Celebrate England or similar again this year?

    • Big Lottery Fund permalink*
      23 August 2017 8:38 am

      Thanks for your question. No decisions have been made about whether we’ll run another programme similar to Celebrate. In the meantime projects looking to bring their community together to celebrate may also be eligible under Awards for All. The best thing to do is call our Advice line on 0345 4 102030 to discuss ideas and explore options.

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