The Big Lottery Fund is to grant nearly £50 million to 119 projects in England as part of its BASIS (Building and Sustaining Infrastructure Support) programme, which aims to strengthen third sector infrastructure through national or local initiatives.
Sanjay Dighe, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund’s England Committee, said: “The BASIS awards will strengthen the sector through a wide range of partnerships to provide expert, consistent and sustainable services, leaving the VCS well equipped to increase efficiency and maximise impact. This is particularly important within the current economic climate but also paves the way for a stronger sector at local and national level for many years to come.”
The awards include a grant of £712,029 for the Social Enterprise Coalition’s Investing in Social Enterprise Expansion (I SEE) project. The initiative will help the social enterprise sector develop, grow and be sustainable, with The School for Social Entrepreneurs expanded across England, with five new schools.
The largest of today’s grants, £749,503, is awarded to NCVO for its Value of Infrastructure Programme. The England-wide project will be delivered in partnership with Triangle Consulting and the Third Sector Research Centre. Activities will be based on five themes: awareness and skills; common outcomes framework for infrastructure; evidence of ‘what works’; funders and infrastructure value; and supporting objectives.
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