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£20m Building Capabilities programme will focus on front-line organisations - 19 December 2011

The Big Lottery Fund has proposed that its new £20m infrastructure programme should adopt a new approach to capacitybuilding that allows front-line charities to decide what support they need.

BIG has published a discussion paper about the programme, which is called Building Capabilities for Impact and Legacy. Interested parties have until 15 March to submit comments

The paper says there is no single solution to the diverse needs of front-line organisations and this programme should 'test different approaches' that enable front-line organisations 'to get the support they need'.

Organisations interested in tendering to administer the first phase of the programme have until 9 January to complete pre-qualifying questionnaires. To submit a bid, go to the BIG e-tendering service website.

Five organisations will be shortlisted and a chosen applicant is expected to be named in March. The successful bidder will manage the first £6m from the programme over three years. The sum could be extended by £4m over another two years, subject to evaluation.

For more information and to take part in the survey, go to the BIG website.