The National Lottery Community Fund - Digital Fund

Location: 1 Plough Place, London, EC4A 1DE

EIN: 800

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5"Gets" nonprofits and issues5Builds relationships4Gives more than money3Friendly3Insightful3Openminded3Positive leader in the field3Responsive3Risk taker2Bureaucratic1Difficult to work with1Risk averse

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The National Lottery Community Fund - Digital Fund

Nov 27, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

This refers to the Digital Fund. Ensure you get a full breakdown of how the application process is structured and how the success factors are likely to be judged. Try and set up a main point of contact who you can talk to about the best approach for an application.

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Difficult to work with, Bureaucratic

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Nov 07, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

We applied for a new part of the fund's work - the Digital Fund. I would go to any public events, tune into any webinars, and read the online notes from the team that run the Digital Fund. This is all new to the National Lottery Community Fund, and you might pick up clues in those public and open thoughts from their team.

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Bureaucratic, Risk averse

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Oct 25, 2019

Reviewer UK561 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Have a clear understanding of the vision of what you are wanting to achieve. Focus on the challenges your stakeholders face, the change you want to create and how you will try and achieve that change. Consider how you can be collaborative in your approach.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from The National Lottery Community Fund - Digital Fund

Nov 04, 2019

Great guidance and reflections thank you!

Oct 21, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

If you're applying for a fund that is run like their Digital Fund was, then it will be a positive experience. Be ready to be honest and open, and work together with them to create a really good proposal.

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Gives more than money, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

Response from The National Lottery Community Fund - Digital Fund

Nov 04, 2019

Thanks for this feedback, it is great to hear.

Oct 18, 2019

Reviewer UK907 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Hands down one of the most responsible funders I've ever come across. Often funders set strategic priorities that are off-base from what the sector really needs but with the launch of the Digital Fund, National Lottery looked to the future and said what do we need to do now to uplift the sector and help it to thrive.

It's also been a very responsible application process - light touch at the beginning, tangibly building understanding among applicants on the thinking that's underpinned each strand so that they are more empowered to look at their digital transformation journey, irrespective of whether they got through to the next stage. And now, for those of us that have gotten through they are proactively reshaping the reporting process to give us trusted control over how we put the resource they've given us to good use.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Insightful, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

Response from The National Lottery Community Fund - Digital Fund

Nov 04, 2019

Such a pleasure to read this. Thanks for taking the time.

Oct 15, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

They seem to apply a bog standard approach to all of their grant programmes - without acknowledging the different grants will require different approaches, different monitoring requirements and different methods of engagement. Be aware that because their programmes are oversubscribed, it might take a while for them to get back to you, so be patient.

Aug 15, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Ensure you have thought through all aspects of your proposal and have done your research in advance. Be open minded.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded

Jul 18, 2019

Reviewer UK552 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Think in the long term - outcomes that will outlive the grant and which are as sustainable as possible. Decision to fund can take longer than anticipated so plan accordingly.

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Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues

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