Lottery fund opens £58m programme

By John Plummer, Third Sector Online, 2 April 2009

Awards for All to offer grants of between £300 and £10,000

The Big Lottery Fund's new-look Awards for All lottery programme has opened in England, Wales and Scotland, offering grants totalling more than £58m.

Awards of between £300 and £10,000 are available for grass-roots social and environmental projects that benefit local communities in England. Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available in Wales.

Voluntary and community groups, schools and health organisations, parish and town councils can apply.

"A simpler application process and a maximum turnaround time of six weeks for a decision are among the changes to the programme, which will make it much easier for applicants to successfully apply for small pots of funding that can have such a big impact on local communities and lives," said Sir Clive Booth, chair of the Big Lottery Fund.

A total of £45.2m is available in England and £2.4m is available in Wales.

Applications must be submitted at least three months before a project starts and the project must be complete a year after the date of the letter confirming the grant.

Scotland's new £10.5m Awards for All scheme is jointly administered by the Big Lottery Fund, the Scottish Arts Council and Sportscotland and offers grants of between £500 and £10,000.

An Awards for All scheme worth £3.5m will open in Northern Ireland later this month.

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