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CSSC community lottery fund

Community lottery fund

The CSSC community lottery fund provides funding for local projects that support CSSC members and their local communities.

About the CSSC community lottery fund

The fund offers small to medium-sized amounts to projects that help fulfil CSSC's purpose and values by supporting sports or leisure activties for the civil service and wider public sector.  Projects must positively impact local CSSC communities or workplaces,  supporting CSSC members and the wider community outside of CSSC.

How to apply

The CSSC community fund will launch on 1 June 2022. From this date, members can apply for grants during three application windows throughout 2022.

To apply for a grant, you will need to complete the CSSC community lottery grant application form and submit to All applications will be reviewed against the criteria in the CSSC community lottery Grant Application Guidelines  document. 

Application windows
  • 1 June - 15 July
  • 15 August - 30 September
  • 15 November - 31 December

Applicants will be informed if their application has been successful or if they need to provide further details within six weeks of the closing date.

Full details of our funding criteria and requirements can be viewed in the Lottery Fund Application Guidelines.

You can learn more about the application processs for the community lottery fund via the Application Process document.

Play the CSSC community lottery

You can support the CSSC community lottery fund by playing the CSSC community lottery. With every ticket you purchase, you’re helping your community to grow, flourish and thrive.

100% of all CSSC community lottery proceeds go back to building the CSSC community lottery fund, as well as giving back to those who give so much of themselves, helping us look after the health and wellbeing of CSSC members and their communities. By playing the lottery you could also win £25,000, every week, as well as loads of other cash prizes.

All applications will be reviewed by a panel of CSSC staff and volunteers. This panel will review application forms on criteria and exclusions in the Grant Applications Guidelines.

If the panel have any queries about the application, a member of the panel will contact the applicant for further information. Applicants who require over £1,000, which move to the final stage of consideration by the panel, will be required to give a virtual presentation to the panel to answer questions about the set up and impact on the community.

  • Applicants must be CSSC members. 
  • The project will need to demonstrate that the grant will be used to positively impact applicant’s local CSSC community or workplace.
  • The project will need to support at least five existing CSSC members. Non-members can also benefit from the project alongside the minimum of five CSSC members. However, projects are principally to benefit CSSC members. CSSC suggest project leaders encourage non-members join CSSC to maximise the grant available. 
  • Funding available for the project will depend on the number of CSSC members benefiting, with £40 being available per CSSC member, up to £3,000. 
  • The funding provided will be calculated based on the number of members identified as beneficiaries of the project at the time of application. Spot checks will be conducted to ensure the number of members identified is correct. 
  • Events or activities must be accessible and inclusive, and demonstrate commitment to CSSC’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity principles.  
  • Events or activities should not be eligible for funding from existing CSSC grant schemes. CSSC will review applications to see whether their needs would be better fulfilled by other means. 
  • The applications must be well thought through and costed appropriately. 
  • Where applicable, applications must demonstrate how the project will be sustained after the grant funding has come to an end. 
  • Applications will need to have an approved sponsor by a CSSC affiliate body. In exceptional circumstances applications may be sponsored by CSSC head office, but the applicant would need to undergo volunteer training. Applicants do not have to find or coordinate their own sponsor as the CSSC lottery team will request and coordinate sponsorship on the applicant’s behalf.  
  • Applicants must agree that if successful they will provide CSSC with regular updates about the community initiative and send images for CSSC to use for marketing purposes. Additionally, projects must allow CSSC staff to visit the project to help build relationships with the community, take photographs to be used in line with our marketing guidelines and provide CSSC with participation data, such as number of participants and demographics. 

The funding that CSSC provides can be used to support with the following areas: 

  • Direct cost of tools, materials or equipment needed to run a community project. 
  • Support the cost of venue hire that provide long term spaces for community relationships to form. 
  • Fund volunteer training or expenses that are essential to providing the community initiative. 
  • Costs associated with planning or day-to-day running of the project including salaries or utilities. These include the cost of experienced instructors and trainers. 

Example CSSC community funded projects could include: 

  • Funding for the tools and resources needed to create a sensory garden in a workplace. 
  • Funding training and equipment for a volunteer led cycling training scheme in the local area to encourage more cycling for travel. 
  • Funding training for volunteers or staff to help run community computer classes for less able people. 
  • Provide funding for equipment needed by community groups looking to clear up waste or improve the local environment. 
  • Create a local wellbeing festival that brings the local community together. 

Here are a few examples of completed application forms to assist you with your application process, should you need it:

  • Non-CSSC members
  • Individuals looking for funding that supports themselves.
  • Sole traders.
  • Organisations, charities or departments.
  • CSSC area associations or existing affiliated groups (unless acting as a sponsorship body).
  • CSSC staff.
  • Volunteers who are on the CSSC community lottery fund panel.
  • Individuals or projects that have already received CSSC community lottery funding. 
  • Profit making activities or groups.
  • Religious activities (but we can fund religious organisations if their project benefits the wider community and does not include religious content).
  • Activities that replace government funding (for example, we can only fund school activities that happen outside of normal teaching hours).
  • Activities that benefit individuals, rather than the wider community.
  • Political activities.
  • Things you’ve spent money on in the past and are looking to claim for now.
  • Loan repayments.
  • Topping up of organisation reserves.
  • An activity that will benefit under five persons.
  • An activity or project that already exists.
  • Individuals or projects which have already received grant funding from CSSC or the CSSC community lottery.
  • Catering, travel, accommodation or other expenses of project volunteers.

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