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BLF funds wider range of groups - Wednesday, February 01 2006

The Big Lottery Fund's fresh programme of grants will include smaller pots of money spread over a wider range of themes, according to its chairman, Sir Clive Booth.

In an interview with Third Sector, Sir Clive said he hoped the fund could now deliver what the voluntary sector had long been clamouring for.

Referring to the lull in funding while the BLF wound up the old Community Fund and New Opportunities Fund programmes, he said: "I'm concerned that the third sector feels it's in a vacuum. I understand the frustration of people waiting for funding." Sir Clive attributed the delay to the fact that the board had wanted to plan properly the new round of programmes, most of which open up this year.
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