In the current environment, charitable
and third sector organisations all over the
country are finding it more and more
difficult to find all the funding they need
to maintain the fantastic work they do.
That’s why organisations such as the
Big Lottery Fund are so valuable.
The Big Lottery (BIG) is responsible for
delivering almost half of all the money
raised for good causes by The National
Lottery, and since 2004 they’ve awarded over
£3.6 billion in grants, mostly to voluntary
and community sector organisations.
There are almost thirty individual
programmes that BIG administrates but this
week we’re featuring three with approaching
application deadlines that we think could be
really useful sources of funding for many of
As ever, we’re really keen to hear if
you’re successful applying for any of the
below opportunities, so do email
email@example.com with your
Wishing you an enjoyable Christmas break
and a happy and successful 2012.
Director of Strategy
UK online centres
For organisations using social investment to
benefit communities in England, Next Steps is making
£6 million available to help realise a range of
specific and already well-developed social
Administered by the Big Lottery Fund, this
programme will fund the following;
Investment ready proposals to set up a
social investment vehicle that will achieve outcomes
for people in need. Funding is available for up to
'Nearly there' proposals to complete the
development of a social investment vehicle that will
achieve outcomes for people in need. Funding is
available for up to six months.
Pilots to test out a social investment
concept and/or establish its feasibility. Funding is
available for up to two years.
Proposals must be received by midday on Wednesday
14 December 2011 and
you can find more information here.
Advice Services Fund
Grants of between £40,000 and £70,000 are
available from the Advice Services Fund to help
voluntary organisations in England continue to
deliver free, front-line advice services.
Administered by the Big Lottery Fund and provided
by the Cabinet Office, priority for the funding will
be shown to organisations experiencing the largest
budget reductions, and those who have not received
funding from the Transition Fund.
Successful organisations will provide advice
about debt, welfare benefits, housing and
employment. The online application process is open
until Thursday 22 December 2011 and you can find
on the Big Lottery website.
Communities Living Sustainably
The Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Communities Living
Sustainably' project is offering funding to
partnerships that bring together the public,
private, voluntary and community sectors to help
communities develop sustainable and resilient ways
to deal with the potential impact of climate change.
BIG are particularly interested in supporting
vulnerable groups and communities who are most
likely to be affected by climate change.
Grants of up to £10,000 are available for the
development of delivery plans that assess the
challenges facing a community. Full grants of up to
£1 million will be available for up to five years of
activities and initiatives.
Expressions of interest are being accepted online
until midday on Tuesday 31 January. For more details
on the grant and the application process
visit the Big Lottery website.