Big Lottery Fund may cut number of awards

Indira Das-Gupta

The Big Lottery Fund is considering proposals to extend grants to five years in a move that would see the organisation give out bigger, but fewer awards.

This is just one of the proposals under discussion as the Big Lottery Fund devises its new programmes that will be launched later in the year.

The idea was mooted at the Lottery Monitor conference last week, in a seminar by Mark McGann, deputy director of policy at the Big Lottery Fund.

He said: "It's great in theory for the organisation to be open to all but if, in practice, four out of five are unsuccessful due to demand, it generates bad publicity."

McGann also hinted that more funding will be demand-led through applications and that it would consider 100 per cent funding for certain projects.

Neil Cleevely, director of information and policy at NACVS, welcomed the proposals. He said: "This is music to our ears. I hope the fund will deliver on this to show that it is listening and that it is serious about wanting to make a difference."

McGann also said that grants will be distributed on a country-wide basis, which he admitted may have a knock-on effect for UK-wide projects.

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