The National Lottery Community Fund - Digital Fund

Location: 1 Plough Place, London, EC4A 1DE

EIN: 800

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8"Gets" nonprofits and issues8Builds relationships7Openminded7Responsive6Friendly6Gives more than money6Insightful4Positive leader in the field3Likes site visits3Risk taker2Bureaucratic2Difficult to work with

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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 26, 2019

Reviewer UK272 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

We applied for an Awards for All grant. Speak to tnl in advance and make sure that your bid meets the criteria. You will need addresses, telephone numbers and home addresses for two people, we used our bid writer and the Chair of Trustees. Make sure that you have the exact costings to make the project succeed. Take care to make sure that you are clear who will benefit and why.

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"Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Nov 24, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

The funder will meet with you to discuss your idea and the process. There is no application form and you need to provide lots of detail. The funder will answer your questions and you should utilise their knowledge.

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Gives more than money, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Nov 24, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

This will take up a huge amount of time depending on your grant manager. Ours was very slow coming back to us but when they did wanted a turn around of information in very short timeframes which caused us some real difficulties as we are a small team. The process took far longer than we were led to believe it would too. At stage 2 we submitted everything yet it didn't go to panel until 7 months later, was sat with grant manager which was incredibly frustrating. The outline also said we would get to meet the grant manager to discuss the application, this never happened. They were too busy to meet us which felt a huge disadvantage instead they did a telephone call which wasn't very helpful.

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Difficult to work with

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Nov 22, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Follow their guidance which is clear and straight forward.
Before you commence writing the application, phone them and speak to an adviser. They will listen and provide appropriate pointers to assist any application. They are easy to contact as well which is a bonus these days.

The application form is not over prescriptive like some charities forms.

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Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Openminded, Responsive

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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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Nov 05, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Get in touch with your local funding officer ahead of application. We received excellent support from ours which made entire process easier & less daunting

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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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.

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