The Big Lottery Fund has announced it is providing an extra £100 million this year to give additional support to voluntary and community groups across the UK.
The Big Lottery Fund says that it received “an unprecedented number of applications” for its Voluntary and Community Funding Programmes which closed for applications on 31 May 2005. The additional funding will ensure that more projects will receive a grant.
Since January 2005, the Big Lottery Fund has seen a 123% increase in applications to this programme compared to the same period last year. As a result, the Fund’s Board has agreed to extend the deadlines for decisions on applications to the former Community Fund’s Voluntary and Community Funding Programmes from November 2005 to February 2006.
The Big Lottery Fund will be launching its portfolio of new programmes for England from autumn this year. At its meeting on 19 July, the Big Lottery Fund’s Board finalised its new portfolio of programmes by agreeing to support a range of new strategic programmes in England. It will make announcements about programmes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland at a later date.
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