Applying for funding
I cannot download the application form from the website. What can I do?You need to ensure that you have downloaded the latest form of Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to open the form. You can download this software by clicking here.
I have made an application for funding. Did you receive it?You could contact our Information Centre (08600 65383) a few weeks after submitting your application to check that it has been received. However, once your application is recorded, you will automatically receive correspondence confirming receipt of your application. Always ensure that you keep a copy of your application and try to get proof of delivery when you submit your application.
I have received a message stating my application forms have corrupted. What do I do?You need to download the latest form of Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to open the form. You can do so by clicking here.
Where can I access application forms for NLDTF funding?Application forms are only made available once a call for applications has gone out. During calls for applications forms can be downloaded from this website, or they can be obtained by contacting our Information Centre on 08600 65383. This website also indicates when calls for applications have been made and indicates the closing dates. You should also watch the press for adverts on calls for applications or phone our Information Centre to inquire.
Bursaries and study grants
Can the NLDTF fund my studies?The NLDTF does not fund individuals; it only funds registered non-profit organisations. Therefore we do not grant bursaries to individual learners or students. You are advised to contact the financial assistance department at the educational institution you are attending or wish to attend.
Calls for funding applications
When is the next call for applications?A new call for applications is usually made in each sector after most of the applications from the previous call for the sector have been processed and adjudicated. The NLDTF makes every effort to issue at least one call per year in each sector, but this cannot be guaranteed.
How will I know if a call for applications has been made?Please watch the press or check this website regularly to ensure you are aware of new calls for applications for NLDTF funding. You can also contact our Information Centre on 08600 65383. This website also gives you the option of registering to receive e-mails containing important information from the NLB, including news about new calls for funding.
Criteria for funding
What are the requirements for funding?Currently, the NLDTF only funds non-profit organisations, including registered NPOs, NGOs, section 21 companies, public benefit trusts and foundations, and public entities such as municipalities, schools and colleges. For details of the kinds of organisations that are funded and how to submit your grant application see the following website items:
Where can I find information about criteria for funding in various sectors?This website outlines the general criteria for funding in each sector. Some details of the criteria can change from one call to the other, so it is important for you to check the criteria every time you submit an application. See What organisations are funded
Payment of grants
We have submitted our grant agreement, all outstanding information and a progress report. When can we expect payment?The NLDTF processes all information received chronologically, so it benefits you to get information to us as soon as possible. Once documentation has been processed by a grant officer, it is forwarded for a compliance check to the supervisor who will then submit it to the relevant Distributing Agency for approval. Only then is the NLDTF in a position to make payment. You may check the status of your payment by call the Information Centre on 08600 65383.
Progress of application
You sent me a project number. Does this mean my application has been approved?Every application is given a project number or a reference number once it has been recorded in our system. This is to ensure effective administration and helps to keep track of the application. Once your application has been adjudicated by the Distributing Agency you will receive a clear indication of whether you have received a grant or not.
My child is participating in an international event. Please can you sponsor the trip.The NLDTF does not make funds available to individuals. But a project involving international sporting or cultural trips could apply for funding when a call for applications in these fields is made, provided that the project meets all relevant requirements.