Funding news

Big Lottery announces major funding milestone - 25 November 2009

The Big Lottery Fund has revealed over £300 million in grants have now been awarded through its Reaching Communities programme.

The new funding will be given to charities and public sector bodies that assist young carers, young people leaving care and young offender institutions. At least 80 per cent of the funding will be allocated to charities and community groups.

Peter Wanless, chief executive of the Big Lottery Fund, said the grants would be worth between £150,000 and £500,000 in total, although it was possible that larger grants would be made. He said the £30m would be allocated next year, but it was not yet clear whether it would be made available before or after the general election, in June 2010.

Wanless said a panel of young people would help to decide which projects would receive funds under the scheme and that funding applications that young people had directly contributed to would be looked upon favourably.

Further information on the Reaching Communities Fund can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website