If you are planning a Reaching Communities application to Big Lottery Fund then make sure you factor in current timescales. High application volume has seen their response times increase to at least 14 weeks for stage one and at least four months for stage two bids.
Reaching Communities is BLF’s flagship main grants fund for projects in England. Grants are available of between £10K – £500K.
Funding is focused on projects that support:
- Lasting and sustainable changes to places and spaces
- Communities to develop happier and stronger relationships with each other
- Taking action to focus on the root causes of social problems to tackle them at the earliest possible stage.
Our fundraising consultants have a fantastic track record in securing funding from a whole range of BLF funding strands, including reaching communities. Please take a look at some of our case studies or get in touch if you would like to discuss support with planning and developing your funding bid.
Big Lottery Fund are making additional funding available for staff and Trustees to develop their skills. Reaching Communities applicants can apply for up to 10% of the total grant applied for, with a maximum of £15k (this is in addition to funding for evaluation, overheads etc.) The money is intended to support organisations to become more sustainable and doesn’t have to be spent on the project you are applying for.
Charity Fundraising Ltd has a vacancy for a Fundraising Consultant at our office in Woodbridge, Suffolk. Please see our vacancies page for further details of this post.
BIG has launched a £40 million Social Impact Bond Fund which will complement the Cabinet Offices £20 million Social Outcomes Fund. The aim is to help develop more Social Impact Bonds (SIBS) by paying for a proportion of outcomes payments in complex policy areas as well as support to develop robust proposals.