Getting a Grant

Getting a Grant

The National Lottery Awards for All programme offers grants between £300 and £10,000 for community projects.

You need to show how your project or activity will:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

A kneeler project designed and delivered by members of your local community for your church – ie your local community building – will probably feature weekly meetings for stitchers and designers for mutual help and encouragement.  This enhances designing and stitching skills – ie enabling ‘more people to fulfil their potential’ – and certainly provides an opportunity to reduce loneliness.  Your kneeler project is ideally eligible for a grant. 

Go to Read the Guidance Notes and fill in the Application Form.

Your budget will be along these lines:

One-off capital expenditure

  • Lightbox (optional – lots of choice on the internet
  • BooksThe New World of Needlepoint is useful.  None are essential but all are enjoyable. (Go to Suppliers and Books)
  • Appletons Wools Shade Swatch – current price £30 (Go to Suppliers and Books).

Cost of materials

  • Canvas – current price just under £12 per kneeler (go to Suppliers and Books).  Your probable minimum aim will be 20 kneelers – but some churches have over 300.  Be ambitious!
  • Wools – say five hanks of 2ply Appletons Wools @ £3 per kneeler = £15. (Go to Suppliers and Books)  This is a generous allowance but you will need a big range of colours at the beginning and the need for further wools will diminish as you progress.
  • Chip foam – cut to the size of your kneeler: check current prices at
  • Sundries – needles, curtain rings, tape etc.
  • Graph paper, laundry marker pens & photocopying – say £25 (Go to Suppliers and Books).

Volunteer expenses

  • Hire of hall/electricity costs.