Big Lottery Fund allocates £2m for Nepal earthquake support

The BLF says the money is likely to be awarded to agencies that are active in the country and working to rebuild communities

Nepal earthquake relief effort
Nepal earthquake relief effort

The Big Lottery Fund is allocating £2m to support work in Nepal after the earthquake that struck west of the country’s capital, Kathmandu, on Saturday.

The funding, which comes from the BLF’s International Communities programme, is likely to be awarded to agencies that are active in Nepal and working to rebuild communities, the grant-maker said.

The work will complement the immediate disaster relief led by the Department for International Development and the Disasters Emergency Committee.

"Things are at a very early stage – we’re continuing to do research and speak to various agencies to best determine where our funds add the most value," a spokeswoman for the BLF said. "This is likely to be used to rebuild communities. We will release more detail once a clearer picture emerges."

It is not the first time the BLF has provided funding after an overseas disaster. In 2013, the funder gave £5m to support charities working to rebuild communities in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.

"It’s important to be clear that we can’t make general donations to emergency appeals for immediate disaster relief, and this funding for Nepal will involve UK-based agencies working with communities in Nepal to rebuild their lives and livelihoods," said the spokeswoman.

The BLF was already funding five projects in Nepal and was trying to make contact with each of them to see what extra support they needed to deal with the crisis, she said.

"We don’t have more details on how we will be supporting them as yet," said the spokeswoman.

The existing projects, which each received about £500,000, are: a project run by Kidasha, which works to improve maternal and newborn health in the Rupandehi district; a project run by Renewable World to provide year-round water supplies to communities in the hills of western Nepal; and projects run by the Transrural Trust, Feed the Minds and WaterAid.

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