BLF opens new centre in Birmingham

The Big Lottery Fund's new Birmingham centre was opened today by culture secretary Tessa Jowell.

The Big Lottery Fund’s new Birmingham centre was officially opened today by culture secretary Tessa Jowell.

The centre, which will create 200 new jobs, completes the BLF’s relocation of funding operations in line with the Lyons Review’s recommendation that civil service jobs be moved out of the South East.

Another centre was opened in Newcastle last May. Together the two centres will be responsible for administering up to £500m in Lottery grants every year.

BLF chief executive, Stephen Dunmore, said: “We were very impressed with Birmingham’s many facilities, its excellent transport links and high calibre employment potential.”

The BLF also announced today that ITV’s People’s Millions competition will be run again in November. The programme gives community projects the opportunity to bid for awards of up to £80,000, voted for by viewers.

Tessa Jowell said: “The West Midlands has some of the most active and engaged communities in the country, many of whom have benefited from the £1.3 billion that the region has received in lottery funding since it began in 1995. Through People's Millions, many more community projects will help to improve the daily lives of local people up and down the country."

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