Funding news

Big Lottery Fund announces new youth-focused funding round - 10 December 2009

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has announced that it will spend at least £30m next year on projects that support young people, offering 5 year grants for projects that support young carers, people leaving care and young offenders.

The new funding will be given to charities and public sector bodies that assist young carers, young people leaving care and young offender institutions, of which at least 80 per cent of the funding is being set aside for charities and community groups only.

Peter Wanless, chief executive of the Big Lottery Fund, commented that the grants would range between £150,000 and £500,000, although it was possible that larger grants would be made.

He said the £30 million would be allocated next year, but it was not yet clear whether the funding would be made available before or after the general election, which is due to take place in June 2010.

Wanless said a panel of young people would be involved to help decide which projects should receive funding. Projects that young people had directly contributed to would be also looked upon favourably, he said.

The Big Lottery Fund is inviting charities to provide feedback on how the funds should be allocated by emailing by 15 January 2010.