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Big Lottery Fund opens applications for international development

Howard Lake | 27 July 2006 | News

The Big Lottery Fund’s Strategic and Small Grants streams of funding are now open for applications, with £30 million available for UK-based charities working overseas to tackle the causes of deprivation.

The funding is part of an overall £72 million for UK-based charities working overseas to make a long-term difference for the poorest people across the globe.

Big Lottery Fund Chair Sir Clive Booth, explained the programme’s two grant streams: “Strategic Grants will fund projects that understand and address issues that are fundamental to improving the lives of the most disadvantaged people in developing countries.

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“We have developed the Small Grants stream to help smaller organisations carry out feasibility studies to support their applications for funding.”

The Big Lottery Fund, or “BIG” as it now refers to itself, will award grants of between £1 million and £5 million to British-based organisations that are working with a range of partners within the UK and overseas.

It is expected that the Fund will award between 5 and 10 grants through two application rounds, and for grants to be awarded for between three and five years.

The Small Grants stream is designed to assist small to medium sized UK non-governmental organisations to carry out the necessary research and analysis to inform their project planning and future planning bids. The total budget available over the life of the programme will be up to £500,000. Grants of up to £10,000 will be awarded for up to one year.

This funding stream, established in response to consultation with the international sector, is expected to strengthen the quality of applications coming through to the Communities stream, launched in March.

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