Lottery awards £50m

Biggest grant in BLF's Basis programme goes to umbrella body the NCVO

A total of 119 voluntary organisations have today been awarded £50m in the second and final round of the Big Lottery Fund's Basis programme.

The programme, which funds national and local infrastructure schemes, handed out grants of up to £750,000, mainly to councils for voluntary service.

The largest award went to umbrella body the NCVO for an initiative on the value of infrastructure.

The programme, which will be delivered in partnership with the Third Sector Research Centre and Triangle Consulting, aims to help infrastructure groups across England understand the impact of their work.

The NCVO has also been awarded £700,000 for its Compact Advocacy Programme, which helps voluntary organisations settle Compact disputes.

Other major awards include £729,069 to the Minority Ethnic Network Eastern Region and £712,029 to the Social Enterprise Coalition for the investing in social enterprise expansion project. The money will enable the School for Social Entrepreneurs to open five new schools.

"The Basis funding gives us the ability to work with a number of partners to develop and pilot new initiatives," said Jonathan Bland, chief executive of the Social Enterprise Coalition.

Almost £100m was awarded to 200-plus projects in the first round of Basis funding. About 1,400 organisations applied for funding in the first round and 204 in the second.

The Big Lottery Fund's Big Thinking consultation, which will help to determine its future funding priorities, ended last week.

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