The summary financial statement is the responsibility of the Board and the Chief Executive. It is important that the process of applying for and receiving Lottery funds works from the bottom up. It is open to the Board to encourage applications of particular types or in particular geographical or subject areas, but it is important that in so doing it does not solicit applications from particular organisations. The Board should take legal advice on its own account as to the bodies to which it can make grants. The Board has a legal obligation to consider all eligible applications. This does not inhibit the Board from having an overall policy (which may change from time to time) and from considering applications in the light of that policy. as well as the other directions to which it is required to have regard and the funds available to it, provided that it is ready to consider exceptions to that policy when examining the merits of individual applications. Detailed info here:
The aim of this direction is not to favour any particular class of organisation. It is, rather, to prevent organisations being overlooked for funding merely because they are small or work on a purely local. basis and to ensure that, over time, the Board does not restrict its grant-making to an unreasonably narrow range of charitable (whether or not charitable in law), benevolent and philanthropic activity. There is no presumption in favour of capital projects or to make partnership funding or contributions in kind a condition of its grants. Many of the applications considered by the Board are likely to be in respect of specific time-limited projects. The Board is however also free to make grants for the continuing programmes of applicants. Applicants should not be led to assume continued funding by the Board, although such continued funding is not ruled out.
The aim of this direction is to discourage the silting up of resources which would result from a commitment to meet the continuing. central costs of an organisation that were not related to a specific project or programme, unless such commitment were for a limited period such as to facilitate innovation and development work. This direction is intended to ensure that grants to such bodies are spent only on the purposes for which such bodies are established.
All applicants should be able to demonstrate the likely benefits that would result from their use of a grant by the Board. Where the applicant is a registered charity acting in accordance with its constitution or a charitable trust acting within the terms of its trust deed, the beneficial effects might be taken as read. In other cases, specific evidence of the likely benefit should be required.