Big Lottery Fund changes priorities for England grants

BLF England director says a priority in future will be helping communities

Dharmendra Kanani, director of BLF England
Dharmendra Kanani, director of BLF England

The Big Lottery Fund has announced that all its new grants programmes in England will provide support for communities.

It has set out its priorities for future programmes in England under the theme of People-Powered Change.

A statement from BLF said these would include "working in areas where there is an underinvestment in skills, resources and social networks and building local partnerships to make lottery good cause funding go further and have a lasting impact".

Dharmendra Kanani, director of BLF England, told Third Sector that the aim was to help people feel more optimistic about what they could achieve in their communities in tough economic times.

"It’s about helping them think about what’s available rather than what they lack," he said. "And it's about changing the viewpoint from glass half empty to glass half full."

In an interview with Third Sector last year, Kanani said he planned to review the entire England grants programme by this year.

A BLF spokeswoman said the new approach would not affect the funding priorities of existing grants programmes.

To mark the start of the new approach, BLF has announced new grants totalling £5.76m to four projects that focus on empowering communities and help people to build a better future.

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