Funding news

Big Lottery Fund seeks partner for £25m youth crime reduction project - 13 May 2011

The Big Lottery Fund is looking for a partner, with 'practical experience', to help it deliver its new £25m 'Realising Ambition' programme aimed at reducing youth crime.

The UK-wide Realising Ambition programme is designed to fund replicas of projects that have been successful in diverting young people from crime.

The programme will identify 20 to 30 programmes across the UK that have helped people aged from eight to 14 who are at risk of offending, with up to £3m available per project for grants that will last for between three and five years, to help replicate or increase it in size.

The partner organisation would be eligible to receive up to £1m of the £25m to cover costs.

A spokeswoman for the BLF said the first step was to find a partner to help deliver the programme, which it hopes will provide specific policy and practical expertise.

The deadline for applications to become the partner is 23 June. After this, the BLF and the chosen partner will work together to identify the projects that they want to fund.

For charities that are interested in becoming the partner, there is a briefing event on 26 May. Interest in attending must be registered by contacting by 23 May

For more information, visit the BIG Lottery Fund website and Governmentfunding scheme page, 'Realising Ambition'.