Big Lottery Fund launches £75m grants scheme for buildings

Grants of between £100,000 and £500,000 available from early December

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Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund is opening a £75m community buildings grants programme for voluntary organisations and parish and town councils in England.

Not-for-profit groups will be able to apply for sums of between £100,000 and £500,000 each from the BLF’s Reaching Communities programme from early December.

A BLF spokeswoman said funding would be available for "all types of multi-purpose buildings used by communities, including memorial halls, community centres and village halls".

Each project should have a total value of no more than £750,000.

She added: "The new funding stream has been designed with a view to transforming current buildings into community buildings that can offer a wide range of activities benefiting a broad group of citizens."

A BLF consultation carried out this year found widespread support for a dedicated stream of capital funding within the Reaching Communities programme, which supports people and projects most in need.

Sanjay Dighe, chair of the BLF’s England committee, said: "Given the economic climate, we anticipate even greater demand for this money.  Competition will be intense and tough choices required."

Applications will be assessed on a monthly rolling basis.

Organisations can register for further information by calling 0845 410 2030.

Reaching Communities has awarded 2,000 organisations more than £455m since 2006.

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