Any charity seeking a Big Lottery Fund grant should make sure it reads the guidance, show it has consulted its beneficiaries and demonstrate that its programme is sustainable, an audience of charity professionals heard yesterday.
Ceri Doyle, director of strategy, performance and learning at the BLF, said that despite having £770m a year to give away, the BLF was oversubscribed by up to 10 times that amount each year, and never less than four times.
"We believe that you should consult your beneficiaries," Doyle told the Funding Your Future conference in London, organised by the consultancy Action Planning. "We believe they know best what’s needed in their communities. And don’t forget sustainability. Show us that you can plan for the future."
Doyle also told the conference that the BLF was keen to help organisations that had been successful in delivering projects to report on what they had done, and that grants of £10,000 were available to report back on good performance to the rest of the sector.
"We’re awarding grants to successful projects to document what they have done and ensure they pass on that information to others," she said.