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Big Lottery Fund awards £14.8m

Big Lottery Fund awards £14.8m

The has awarded £14.8m to 624 projects through its Awards for All and Reaching Communities programmes.

Grant recipients include Youthscape’s SelfHarmUK, which was awarded £496,490 and OCD Action’s Even Better Together project, which received £165,454.

OCD Action’s England-wide project aims to use its grant to increase the number of independent support groups across England for people living with the condition. The Norfolk-based organisation will extend its reach into new areas including Lincolnshire, Gloucestershire and Devon.

Luton-based Youthscape will use its grant to develop a number of areas, including the development and expansion of its England-wide self-harm project for around 4,350 young people, as well as for the national roll out of a scheme that will see the charity train and educate 2,250 professionals including teachers and youth workers, as well as parents, in how to respond to self-harm.

Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund England grant making director said:

“Projects such as Youthscape and OCD Action help people to grow in confidence, focus on their strengths, and in turn help others going through similar life events by sharing their experiences.”

Awards for All provides grants between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary and community organisations while Reaching Communities awards larger grants of £10,000 and above.

More information on the grants available and how to apply for them is available on the Big Lottery Fund site and by signing up to its e-bulletin.

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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