Joint funding bids to be made easier under pilot project

Community groups in the UK will be able to submit one form for joint funding bids if a ground-breaking pilot project is successful.

For the first time, the four main Lottery distributors have committed staff and money to a joint scheme encouraging Lottery applications from disadvantaged groups. Millions of pounds are to be poured into the North West under the initiative, which involves the Community Fund, Sports England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the North West Arts Board.

Workshops will be held throughout St Helens, Merseyside, over the next six weeks to demystify the process and encourage the Lottery boards to process relevant applications jointly.

If successful, the scheme will be rolled out nationally to drum up applications from rural areas, sea-side towns and inner-city areas, which have not received their fair share of lottery funding in the past.

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