The Big Lottery Fund has announced the first wave of funding within its new framework to deliver new funding programmes for 2005 – 2009, the first of which will be introduced later this year.
Demand-led programmes and streams will account for one third of all the Big Lottery Fund’s funding UK-wide. The National Lottery distributor’s themes and outcomes and the results from the public consultation will provide the policy framework, with the emphasis on projects identifying needs and offering solutions to local issues. The Fund says that “the level of prescription will be minimal, allowing a very broad range of applicants and projects to apply.”
The Fund has also committed to the principle of full cost recovery and will provide funding for all relevant costs associated with delivering projects we support.
The remaining two thirds of funding in England will be allocated to a range of strategic programmes which will allow specific policy areas to be supported in a more targeted way. The areas decided so far for strategic funding include:
- Voluntary and Community Sector Infrastructure (£155 million)
- Children’s Play
- Environmental Programmes
- Wellbeing Programmes
- International Grants
The new programmes announced today were agreed by the Big Lottery Fund Board at its meeting last week. Further programmes will be announced after the Board’s meeting in May. The programmes will be launched from Autumn 2005 following further consultation and programme development.
Kevin Curley, Chief Executive of NACVS said: “It’s great news for the local voluntary and community sector. The Big Lottery Fund decision to launch infrastructure programmes means that community groups will get the help they need to raise funds, increase their influence in local partnerships and benefit from local Resource Centres.”
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