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New International Communities Fund open to applications - 29 September 2010

The Big Lottery Fund has launched a new £25m fund for UK-based charities tackling poverty overseas.

The International Communities Fund has been created by BIG to fund effective projects that tackle the causes of poverty and deprivation, and bring about a long-term difference to the lives of the most disadvantaged people in the world. This is intended to satisfy five main points of criteria, through which organisations can apply for funding under:

  • Improved primary education for the most disadvantaged children
  • Improved health for the most disadvantaged people
  • Improved access to and use of natural resources to benefit the most disadvantaged people
  • Improved ability for the most disadvantaged people to exercise their human rights
  • Improved livelihoods for the most disadvantaged people by enabling communities in need, both rural and urban, to reduce poverty in a sustainable way.

This programme will run from 2010-2015 and the budget for 2010-2012 will be up to £25 million. Grants will range between £50,000 and £500,000 for projects lasting 2-5 years.

The International Communities programme is open to UK based non-governmental organisations working with overseas partners in Africa, Asia (including the Pacific and Central Asian countries), the Middle East, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and parts of Eastern Europe.

For more information see the governmentfunding scheme page click here.

For full details, see the Big Lottery Fund's International Communities webpage.