Half of Reaching Communities applications 'are incomplete'

Paul Jones, Big Lottery Fund head of region for Yorkshire and the Humber, tells IoF convention of reluctance to support larger projects

Big Lottery Fund
Big Lottery Fund

Half of applications to the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme are incomplete, delegates at the Institute of Fundraising’s National Convention were told yesterday.

Paul Jones, head of region for Yorkshire and the Humber at the BLF, said the programme, which provides grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 for capital programmes, received 120 outline proposals a week but only 20 were invited to submit a full application.

Jones said the grants committee was particularly interested in the outcomes of a project."What the committee are looking for is making as much difference as possible with the amount of money we’ve got," he said.

He also said the committee was interested in supporting projects that involved partnerships and that it was unlikely to fund similar projects in the same area.

Jones said there was more reluctance to support larger projects, which he defined as projects asking for more than £100,000 a year, than there had been a few years ago.

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