The Magic Little Grants programme distributes small grants on behalf of grantmakers to local charities and community groups to support their essential work. With its simple 10 minute application process, the scheme reduces the work required for grassroots organisations to access the funding they need to launch or strengthen their services.
This round of grants were distributed in association with the Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. These grants, of £250 and £500, were specifically aimed at projects that seek to increase participation in exercise and healthy activities. A wide variety of groups have been supported ranging from exercise classes for stroke survivors to outdoor, adventure activities for disadvantaged young people.
Applicants had to have an annual income under £50,000 or be in their first year of operation. Preference was given to projects that encouraged social cohesion and helped vulnerable people to overcome barriers to participation in physical activities.
The feedback from grant awardees has been hugely positive.LEGS (London Exercise Group for Stroke) said”We are so grateful for the funding we have received and it was such a smooth process with great communication from you at all stages”. The 2000 Club, a disability focussed sports group in Heston added “Everything that [Localgiving] promised to do from applying to receiving the funds went through smoothly”.
On top of their grant, all successful organisations receive access to Localgiving’s online fundraising platform, numerous fundraising resources and regular match fund campaigns.
Ceri Mugford,Charity Membership & Support Executive at Localgiving said: “We are thrilled at the success of our Magic Little Grants programme. Our research has shown that finding suitable, accessible funding can be a real challenge for grassroots organisations. This scheme was designed to address this issue – making the application process as simple and intuitive as possible, and making the grants unrestricted – therefore enabling awardees to use their funding for core costs. We look forward to expanding the programme in the future and exploring new opportunities to support the local voluntary sector.
Callum Munro, Senior Community Programmes Officer at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “We’re delighted that these Magic Little Grants are allowing our players to support grass-roots wellbeing and sports activities, making a fantastic contribution to the health and recreation of communities across England, Scotland and Wales”
To find out more: https://localgiving.org/what-we-do/magic-little-grants/