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Big Lottery

Reaching Communities
£10k - £500k


Improvements to Reaching Communities

On Wednesday 28 April Big Lottery Fund introduced a series of improvements to the Reaching Communities programme designed to make it easier to apply. Reaching Communities continues to be one of our major programmes and most of its grants will go to the voluntary and community sector. The Big

Lottery Fund has a target that 80 per cent of funding should go directly to voluntary and community groups. There is no change to who can apply, what we will fund, or the difference we

want to make with this programme. The programme will continue to make awards between £10,000 and £500,000 and will continue to provide funding for up to five years.

Funding available

At least £300 million will be awarded to projects making a difference to the lives of individuals and communities most in need through this programme until 2013.

Improvements to Reaching Communities

We have made a series of improvements to Reaching Communities to enhance our customers¡¦ experience:

 - If you apply for less than £40,000 for each year there will be a simpler application process and quicker decision making than if you are asking for more than this. This improvement should benefit smaller organisations in particular.

- You will have a better chance of being funded if we invite you to complete a full application form.

- We will provide more support for applicants at every stage of the application process, particularly in those areas, and for those groups, that have received less funding than we would have expected.

- If you are not successful, we will give you better, more detailed feedback on your application.

How to apply

The new improved outline proposal form is now available to download. We will tell you if we are inviting you to complete a full application form within 20

working days. If you are not invited to submit a full application, you will receive detailed feedback. We will highlight the areas that you will need to improve to enhance

your chances of being invited to complete a full application, should you decide to reapply. If you are not successful at the outline proposal stage, you can

resubmit when you are ready, but must take our feedback into account.

If you are invited to proceed to a full application, you will need to submit your form within four months. We anticipate that if you are invited to submit a full

application you will have a much better chance of success than in the past. We have speeded up the assessment process for smaller projects so if you are asking for less than £40,000 per year we will tell you whether or not your project will be funded within 9 weeks. For larger projects, we will tell you within 17 weeks. If you downloaded the old outline proposal form you must send it to us by Friday 14 May, but you will still have six months to submit a full application. If you are unsure which form you have, check our website for the current form.

Further improvements in the pipeline

„h We are also in the process of developing a capital stream which will launch later this year. More information on this will be made available as we develop the programme.

- We will build sustainable development into all our future programmes.

- We will support networking and learning opportunities for those we fund to learn from each other and encourage them to share good practice.

- SMART outcomes if not going ahead next week.

Awards for All
up to £10k



Name of organisation: Cransley Eco Park CIC

Amount awarded £ 9,970

Date of award 17/12/2010

Initiative Awards for All

Programme Awards for All: England

Country England

Region East Midlands

Westminster constituency Kettering

Local authority district Kettering

Summary of project The group will use funding to develop a sustainable wildlife walk through the forest area and will also install habitat boxes through and around the edges of the forest, for the benefit of the wider community.

Name of organisation: Wicksteed Trust

Amount awarded £ 9,800

Date of award 17/12/2010

Initiative Awards for All

Programme Awards for All: England

Country England

Region East Midlands

Westminster constituency Kettering

Local authority district Kettering

Summary of project The Kettering group will use funding to hold five one day events at a water meadow that will involve the wider community in conservation tasks in order to restore the meadow and improve public access.  Local schools and colleges will also design a leaflet and interpretation board for the site.

Name of organisation: Volunteer Action Northamptonshire Ltd

Amount awarded £ 9,709

Date of award 28/09/2010

Initiative Awards for All

Programme Awards for All: England

Country England

Region East Midlands

Westminster constituency Kettering

Local authority district Kettering

Summary of project This charity in Kettering, Northamptonshire will use funding to recruit young people who will act as ambassadors to encourage more young disabled people to find out about the group's services and activities. This will raise the profile of the group and allow them to work with more young people.

Name of organisation: The Bladder and Bowel Foundation

Amount awarded £ 9,153

Date of award 28/09/2010

Initiative Awards for All

Programme Awards for All: England

Country England

Region East Midlands

Westminster constituency Kettering

Local authority district Kettering

Summary of project This health foundation in Kettering, Northamptonshire, will use funding to design and produce leaflets. This will offer specialist support to hard to reach people who expeience bladder and bowel issues.




Name of organisation: Walk-In Centre (Kettering) Association

Amount awarded £ 9,000

Date of award 24/08/2010

Initiative Awards for All

Programme Awards for All: England

Country England

Region East Midlands

Westminster constituency Corby

Local authority district Corby

Summary of project This group will use funding to deliver information sessions, support and activities for parents and carers of children who are of school age. This will enhance the confidence, knowledge and deliver necessary support for parents and carers of young children.




Name of organisation: Corby Association for Mental Health

Amount awarded £ 8,804

Date of award 26/07/2010

Initiative Awards for All

Programme Awards for All: England

Country England

Region East Midlands

Westminster constituency Corby

Local authority district Corby

Summary of project This is a project by a Corby group based in Northamptonshire to encourage the community to learn new skills and increase community cohesion. By creating a resource room the group will provide training in IT, complementary therapies and arts and crafts. By involving the wider community with their current mental health users, the group aim to reduce the stigma around people with mental health issues.

Total Funding: £ 63,623

Have you applied to Awards for All?

Were you sucessful?

If YES - Please let me know!
If NO - Please let me know!!

trish@kvn.org.uk


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