Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

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, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. We're looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, they mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area, but they must live close enough to each other to meet up regularly.                                       

They are also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this they mean a group of people who have things in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area.  

Applying couldn't be easier. It's an online process with a step by step guide from start to finish.

​Please note that to make sure their funds are distributed equally across Great Britain, sometimes they will restrict the areas that are eligible to apply.


​Using money raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery, Active Communities is currently open in the following areas:​

Health Lottery North West - open in parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside - October 2018 (application deadline, 7 November, 1pm)

Active Communities is opening soon in the following areas:

Health Lottery East Midlands - open in parts of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire - November 2018

Health Lottery South West -  open in parts of Somerset, Cornwall, Bristol, Wiltshire and Dorset - December 2018  

Health Lottery East -  open in parts of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk - January 2019     

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

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