Community Engagement Funding

How Does it Work?

The National Lottery Funding

Individuals and established groups start by contacting one of our SeeCHANGE Ambassadors to discuss their idea (and this Ambassador will continue to support them through the whole application process). This fund is aimed primarily at organisations below 5 Full time staff or less than 400 hours in total per week). Informal groups can apply but the funds would be held by Age UK NYCM on their behalf.

The Process

Stage one:

Expressions of interest. All potential applicants should fill in a brief email addressed to the project lead expressing interest in a project via

Stage two:

Exploration. The Community Engagement Officer has a one-hour meeting with each expression of interest and either recommend to the project lead plus one member of the leadership team whether the project can either –

  • a) Proceed immediately to fill in the application form.
  • b) Requires development support from the Community Engagement Officer – this will be agreed between both parties in a project plan.
  • c) The project is unlikely to not be a good fit with the priorities

    Stage three:

    Our Engagement Fund Panel meetings are scheduled for on or shortly after the dates listed below to determine awards given. The panel require the bid applications to be returned in advance therefore closing dates will be at least a week prior to these dates.

    • 1st August 2023,
    • 1st November 2023,
    • 1st February 2024,
    • 1st May 2024,
    • 1st August 2024,
    • 1st November 2024


    1st February and 1st May 2025 – depending on demand and whether there are funds remaining.

    Stage Four:

    Panel –Each panel will have one representative of Age UK NYCM and one other representative of the VCSE and one other member of the leadership team.

    The panel will have papers supplied at least one week in advance and will decide if they need to invite applications to have a chat with the panel, which would usually be on teams and recorded.

    • They will decide in each case whether there is a realistic chance of:
    • Reducing health inequalities and increasing wellbeing
    • Scope for scale-up and learning


    Get in touch with one of our team to discuss your ideas:

    Bex Blakey
    Community Engagement Officer

    SeeCHANGE funding can help you to make a difference in your community.

    We offer funding up to £1,500 per round of funding to support what matters to people and communities. Groups can apply to us for up to £1,500 depending on what they want to do.

    Money awarded by The National Lottery Community helps to fund great ideas that help communities to thrive.

    Ideally, all applicants should be applying on behalf of an organisation or group – this can be unregistered, voluntary or community organisations & non-for-profit organisations.