National Lottery Bids
Funding from National Lottery boards is an excellent
fundraising opportunity for many charities.
Although lottery programmes change from time to time, there is usually a fund available for
most organisations to apply for, whether multi-year revenue funding or one-off capital funds.
National Lottery grants can also be very large, with some programmes offering multi-million
grants for the right projects. Our clients have recently received grants of £488,019, £476,766, £400,000, £300,000, £287,991, £235,487, £228,000 and £180,000 from successful bids.
This was all revenue funding to support their project work.
A great benefit of a successful lottery bid, apart from the financial security and the
contribution to core costs, is the very high ratio of return on the cost of the bid, which can be
as low as 1 - 2% of the grant amount. A successful lottery bid can also help to diversify the
Standard success rates with lottery funding vary across the programmes. A popular fund,
such as the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme, has an overall success
rate of around 10%, or 1 in 10 bids made. However, by using professional help you can
increase this to over 50% or 1 in 2 bids, by drawing on the expertise and skills of someone
who has made many successful lottery applications.
On our team are consultants with extensive experience of the Big Lottery Fund and of the
Heritage Lottery Fund – two of the major lottery distributors. Bids can also be supported to
other National Lottery programmes. If you also need help in preparing a business plan or
need to provide a project evaluation to accompany a major lottery bid, we can also provide
support in developing these.
There are two main ways in which we can support your bids to the National Lottery. Either
we can review and strengthen your draft or we can prepare the whole bid for you, using your
information. The choice is yours.
Some clients have also asked us to review failed bids they have made, in order to resubmit
them. This is an area where an expert eye can greatly improve a weak bid and bring
success and it often works! So do not give up hope if you have received a rejection – get
help and try again.
Support with National Lottery bids is charged by the day. A typical Reaching Communities
bid takes 4 days to prepare Stage 1 (or half a day to review a draft) and 4 days to prepare
Stage 2 (or one day to review a draft). Please call us to discuss your needs and obtain a free
As part of the service, we give advice about what you need to do to prepare your project or
organisation for making a successful bid, for example the nature of consultations you may
need to undertake, as well as helping you create a realistic budget.
If you are required to provide an evaluation of your project when applying to the National
Lottery (for example if you are seeking continuation funding), then we can also conduct this
Here is what recent clients have said about our National Lottery bid writing service:
I just wanted to email and thank you for all your help with the Lottery bid. I found out today
that we’ve been awarded £476,766 over the next 5 years! Your help was invaluable, and I’m
sure went a long way to making the bid successful.
Anne Dannerolle, Hull Community Church
We are so grateful to the team at Wootton George, as without them we would not be here! In
particular, our thanks to Claire who helped us win the lottery! Now we can focus on the real
work of helping bereaved relatives, knowing that our charity and its work are secure.
Heather Landsberg, National Co-ordinator, SAMM
The team at Wootton George Consulting has been really supportive and clearly have in-
depth experience in their fields. Thank you for all you have done for our charity - we only
wish we had found you sooner!
Irene Kohler, Director, Advocacy Plus
To talk about help in making or reviewing your National Lottery bid, please contact us today
on 01785 663600.