BIG - Reaching Communities- criteria relaxed
by Nakhat Zahir (Funding Advice Worker)
18 August 2009
During 2009 -2010 BIG Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme will remain open to applications. This is designed to act as a 'bridge' between their current funding programmes and their new Open Funding stream which will go live in 2010.
An extra £20 million pounds has been added to the Reaching Communities programme as part of the recession package launched at the end of June 2009.
In addition, the eligibility criterion for Reaching Communities has been relaxed. This means the programme will now accept applications for projects that were previously only eligible for other BIG programmes, for example advice, projects targeting young people and family learning.
BIG want to encourage the following changes to communities as a result of our funding:
• people having better chances in life, including being able to get better access to training and development to improve their life skills
• strong communities, with more active citizens, working together to tackle their problems
• Improved rural and urban environments, which communities are better able to access and enjoy healthier and more active people and communities.
Contact their national helpline for advice Tel: 0845 410 20 30.
Call our Lottery Funding Helpline on 0845 275 00 00 or go to Website: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_reaching_communities
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