How To Apply For Funding

Watch the NLC website, the print media and major radio stations for adverts calling for applications for grants in the sector that is relevant to your organisation.


Calls for applications are also announced during the live broadcasts of the Lotto draw.

  • Distributing agencies for the various sectors make their calls at different times.
  • Each agency tries to make one call a year, but extra calls can be made.
  • You can only make an application when a call for applications has gone out.

Application Documents


Obtain the necessary documents from the NLC. These are:

The prescribed application form. This changes from time to time and you must use the form that is current at the time of the call for applications.

Guidelines applicable to the current round of applications.

You can also download the documents from the website (only available when a call applications has been published), or obtain them from the NLC offices around the country.

Project Motivation, Plan And Budget


Use the guidelines to prepare the following documents that will accompany the application form and comprise the heart of your application:

A project motivation that explains the importance of the initiative for which you are seeking funds.

A detailed business plan for the project.

A detailed and realistic budget for the project.

Supporting Documents


The application must include the following supporting documents:

Registration certificate as a non-profit organisation, Section 21 company, public benefit trust, or school registered with the Department of Education.

The organisation’s constitution, articles and memorandum of association, or deed of trust.

Most recent annual financial statements signed and dated by a registered accounting officer.

– Organisations that have not previously received NLDTF funding are required to submit a two year annual financial statements signed by an independent accounting officer.

– Organisations previously allocated NLDTF funding need only to submit financial statements for one year, which must be audited.

Signed auditor’s report or, for first time applicants, a signed accounting officer’s report.

Additional Documents


Where an application is related to the development or renovation of a heritage site, you must submit an approval from the relevant provincial or national authority.


Where an application includes the building or upgrading of infrastructure, you must provide proof of ownership of the land and/or building or proof of tenure.


Where an application involves the purchase of assets or equipment, quotations must be provided for these items.


Please read the guidelines carefully and ensure that all the required information is submitted.


In addition, you should try and get your application in as early as possible once a call is issued.