Thursday, 26 January 2012

Funding Information


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BIG Lottery have published a discussion paper for voluntary sector and social enterprise managers working in both frontline and infrastructure support and development organisations. It sets out their approach to ‘building capabilities within voluntary organisations’, and gives an opportunity for voluntary and other organisations to influence this approach.

Helping VCS organisations and social enterprises to become more effective will continue to be a priority for BIG over the next few years. This approach will mean that they are able to get the support they need to do their work and that people and communities most in need will see greater benefits from our funding.

Government has made £30m available for a final national investment in local infrastructure. The Big Lottery Fund has indicated that we will provide at least £20 million to complement this in distinct and additional ways. We have formulated a set of principles which give rise to further questions on which we would now welcome views ahead of finalising details in 2012.

The discussion paper can be found at http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/building_capabilities.

This webpage also provides access to an online survey which is open until 15 March 2012.

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On 24th January, Communities Minister Andrew Stunell invited community and voluntary organisations to apply for a share of £100 million that will help revitalise communities and bring the empty homes blighting their areas back into use. It is expected that up to £30 million will be given over to community groups.

Fund Manager TRIBAL have been appointed to administer the fund - they will also assess applications.

Successful applications will:

· bring empty homes back into use as affordable housing

· deliver value for money

· have support from their local authority

· expect to be complete by 31 March 2015.

Guidance and the application form are available to download from Tribal's website at

http://www.grantsadmin.co.uk/

Guidance is available on the Department's website here:
www.communities.gov.uk/publications/housing/emptyhomeappguidance

The deadline for applications is 17 April 2012.

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