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Budgets

About budgets

Requests for funding must include a budget. The type of budget you need to provide depends on what your request is for.

Operational costs are all the ongoing costs of running an organisation. For example, salaries, administration, rent, regular programme delivery, regular events and repairs and maintenance.

Project costs are specific costs related to a one-off project which has a clear start and end date and does not include your business as usual activities. For example cost related to a pilot programme, a new initiative, redeveloping a facility or building a new facility.

Multi-year funding no longer offered

As a result of COVID-19 impacts and resulting possible longer term changes to Lottery funding we are unable to offer new multi-year funding agreements for the 2020/21 funding year. If you have made a multi-year request to the Lottery Community round one, we will treat this as a single year request.

If you have previously been granted a multi-year agreement this will continue to be in place.

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 Budget requirements

operational costs 

single year grant

Provide your organisation’s operating budget. This must be for a 12 month period (your financial year).

Your budget must show all the confirmed and unconfirmed income (including your grant request) your organisation expects to receive during your financial year (12 month period).

Your budget must also show the items that your organisation expects to spend money on (expenses) during your financial year.

multi-year grant

Provide your organisation’s operating budget. This must be for the first 12 month period (your financial year).

Your budget must show all the confirmed and unconfirmed income (including your grant request) your organisation expects to receive during your first financial year (12 month period).

Your budget must also show the items that your organisation expects to spend money on (expenses) during your first financial year.

If your request is successful, you will be asked to provide an operating budget each year before receiving the next grant payment.

project costs

project grant

Provide a project budget showing all the confirmed and unconfirmed income for the project (including your grant request). 

Your budget must also show the project costs over the length of the project.

If your request is for a project over multiple years you will need to provide a project budget showing all confirmed and unconfirmed income and all of the costs of the project for the length of the project. If your request is successful, you will be asked to provide an updated budget for the year ahead before receiving the next grant payment.

operational and project costs

single or multi-year grant

Your budget must show all the confirmed and unconfirmed operating income (including your grant request) your organisation expects to receive during your financial year (12 month period). The operational part of your budget must also show what your organisation expects to spend money on (expenses) during your financial year.

Your budget must also show all the confirmed and unconfirmed income (including your grant request) for the project as well as the project costs over the length of the project.

You can submit your budget using a format of your choice, as long as it meets the requirements outlined above. We have provided an operational budget template and a project budget template that you may choose to use. Each template has an example of a completed budget included as a guide. You can download the templates using the links below.

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