There are some fantastic new funding
opportunities to bring to your attention
this month. The Big Lottery Fund are
launching a further £17m worth of new grants
as well as offering up to £10,000 to 1000 of
their most successful current grant holders,
which could be a great opportunity for your
centre. Do read on below.
I’m pleased to say that one UK online
centre has already continued the fantastic
work it’s been doing for over ten years
thanks to a Big Lottery grant. Alan Tapp
from Kensington Community Learning Centre in
Liverpool told us what a difference the
grant had made to their centre and also had
some great tips for making funding bids. You
can read more about their story on our
As ever, we’re really keen to hear if
you’re successful applying for any of the
below opportunities, so do email
firstname.lastname@example.org with your
Head of Strategic Development
UK online centres
Big Lottery has made £17m available to fund an
additional 650 charitable and community projects
through its two main open grants programmes,
‘Reaching Communities’ and ‘Awards for All’. The
grants are designed to help meet increased demand
for support from communities and individuals most in
Big Lottery will also be offering up to £10,000
to almost 1,000 existing Big Lottery grant holders
to support the last 18 months of their projects and
help them develop a sustainable operating model.
Projects that are having a particularly
significant impact could also receive an additional
year’s worth of funding to continue their projects
and carry out plans to make them more sustainable.
This funding has an open deadline and you can
find out more here.
Nominet Trust £250,000 Challenge
Nominet Trust are launching their £250,000
Challenge which aims to support projects that work
with over 65s to address the social problems facing
older people using the internet.
Successful projects will be expected to design
new and better ways for older people to access the
internet using developing technologies that have
aspects familiar to older people, such as IPTV or
The deadline for the first stage of applications
is the 1 February 2012. If you have a good idea for
an internet start up you can
find out more about this grant here.
Last week, Communitybuilders announced a scheme
to make sustainable investments in community
enterprises. It aims to ensure their long term
financial viability and increase their ability to
deliver significant social impact in their
The fund will initially support six projects
which are unique in their offering to local
communities, helping long-term regeneration, with an
award of up to £750,000.
Completed applications should be submitted by the
9 December and you can
find out more about Communitybuilders here.
‘Millennium Now’ is awarding five large grants to
organisations willing to be filmed for a new Channel
4 documentary series.
If you help disadvantaged families to be healthy,
help different generations share skills, bring
communities together to tackle local issues or
provide career based skills to young people, you
Applications should be submitted by 2pm on
Tuesday 13 December 2011.
Find out more here.