Big Lottery Fund launches grants round

The Big Lottery Fund has launched the second round of its Basis grant stream, which is aimed a supporting third sector infrastructure.

The lottery distributor says £50m is available to “fill the gaps” after the heavily over-subscribed first round of funding, in which £101m was awarded to 206 projects.

“This second round of Basis is taking a much more targeted approach to ensure funding is used specifically to meet identified needs with third sector infrastructure support,” said Sanjay Dighe, chair of the fund’s England Committee.

In contrast to the first round of funding, the fund will solicit applications from named organisations. It has asked for an application from the NCVO, Navca and the Public Law Project to improve awareness of the Compact. Other priorities require bidders to form partnerships and, in some cases, specify which organisations can apply.

The fund’s regional staff will hold a series of stakeholder events to fully brief interested organisations on the opportunities. The deadline for applications is 27 August.

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