Thursday, 18 September 2008

Funds going begging?

It looks like there could be some funding going begging! Posted below is a message from LCVS about the Big Lottery Fund not getting as many applications as it wanted.

The Big Lottery Fund are keen to promote two of their programmes. They have received fewer applications than expected, so far.

You can find further details at then click Apply, then Current Programmes.

Remember that if you are considering working on any lottery application, it is worthwhile asking the LCVS Funding Advisors, Ged or Ian, for some help or advice. We can increase your chances of receiving a grant!

Young People's Fund 2

So far there have been just a few applications. The deadline for sending in an Outline Proposal Form is 16th October.

Changing Spaces

This is a pot of money that is available to local groups through different partners. Altogether, up to £200m funding is available, but there has been little interest yet so opportunities are there for the sector to get thinking and applying. The funds available are -

Local Food programme (run by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts) – It funds a range of organisations who want to deliver a variety of food related projects to make locally grown food more accessible and affordable to local communities. For more information visit

Community Spaces programme (run by Groundwork UK) – It funds community groups who want to improve local green spaces such as play areas, community gardens, parks, wildlife areas and village greens. For more information visit

Community Sustainable Energy programme (run by Building Research Establishment) – It will pay for community-based organisations to install renewable energy technologies (such as wind turbines and solar panels) and energy saving measures (such as roof and cavity wall insulation). For more information visit

Access to Nature programme (run by Natural England) – It funds a range of organisations who want to encourage people from all backgrounds to learn more about and enjoy the natural environment. For more information visit

Ecominds programme (run by Mind) – this programme opened to applications on the 18 September 2008. It funds a range of groups who want to encourage people with experience of mental distress to get involved in environmental projects, such as improving open spaces and wildlife habitats, designing public art and recycling. For more information visit


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