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Posted 7 July 2021

Places Called Home Fund


Places Called Home Fund Opens for Limited Number of Applications (UK)

Closing date 14th July 2021

For more details including guidelines and application, please click below.

The Places Called Home is a £1.5 million grants fund provided by the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) in partnership with Ikea Limited, the world’s largest home furnishing retailer. The funders anticipate making a total of 300 awards for this pilot partnership programme.

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available for projects that meet at least two of the following

  • Build on the relationships created during the COVID-19 pandemic to increase community activity and the number of people taking part.
  • Encourage people to work together, creating opportunities for communities to live in a sustainable and healthy way.
  • Raise awareness amongst the public of the importance of connected households, neighbourhoods and resilient communities.
  • Develop a new idea, activity or way to come together that has emerged in response to the pandemic.
  • Revive or redesign community and common spaces to encourage shared communiDty activities.

The funding can pay for activities or items that will help to revive the community. These could be equipment or materials to renew the community’s shared spaces or activities that focus on sustainable living. The grants can also pay for refurbishment costs, staff and training costs, transport, volunteer expenses and other related costs.

The funding must be spent within nine months of the grant being awarded.

Applications will be accepted from registered charities, voluntary and community organisations, constituted groups or clubs, and other not-for-profit organisations. Schools can apply as long as their project benefits and involves the communities around the school.

Priority will be given to groups who

  • Have not received funding from the NLCF before
  • Do not have a current NLCF award
  • Are smaller organisations or groups with an annual turnover of under £100,000.

Other organisations can apply but should consider the priorities listed above.

Groups should not delay in applying as there is a very short window of application.

The programme will close for applications upon the receipt of 1,500 applications or 14 July 2021, whichever comes first.

More details, guidelines and application