The government has launched the Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund (CCLF), which will be delivered by The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF).

The £76 million package of funding aims to maintain and expand support for people and communities under severe pressure because of the increased cost of living, by distributing grants to critical frontline services seeing increased demand and increased delivery costs.

Grant awards will be decided through a competitive process, seeking applications from eligible organisations.

To be eligible for this funding your organisation must:

  • offer critical services to low income households and individuals around at least one of the following: food and emergency supplies, emergency shelter, safe spaces, warmth and financial or housing advice.
  • be able to demonstrate increased demand and increased costs for those critical services
  • be registered with the Charity Commission or an incorporated not-for-profit company
  • provide services to a local community in England - with a focus on small and medium organisations, although national organisations can apply where they can demonstrate local impact

Eligible organisations will be able to apply for grants of £10,000 to £75,000.

Funding is available for the costs of delivering services between the fund’s launch on 24 July 2023 and 31 March 2024, including continuing existing provision, expanding the capacity of services to meet demand or adapting services to respond to new needs in local communities.

There is an expectation that this Fund will be heavily oversubscribed and not every organisation will receive funding.

For further information, see the applicant guidance on TNLCF’s website where you can also apply. To apply, you will need to create an account with TNLCF if you have not already. 

The deadline for grant applications is 16 October 2023