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1 Awards for All Jenny Fish & Tim Temple Funding Officers: Early Contact team

2 Today’s Learning ─ You will have a better understanding of the Big Lottery Fund, and of the current funding environment. ─ You will have a better understanding of Awards for All, and if it is the right programme for you. ─ You will have an increased understanding of how to strengthen your application, and greater confidence to apply.

3 Understanding the Funder :How the Lottery pound is spent ─ Camelot (0.5 pence) ─ Prize money (50 pence) ─ Taxes (12 pence) ─ Retailer (5 pence) ─ Administration (4.5 pence) ─ Good causes (28 pence)

4 Understanding the Funder Big Lottery Fund: Mission Statement ‘Bringing about real change to communities and to the lives of those most in need’

5 Big Lottery Fund is an Outcomes Funder: About changing lives As a funder there are four broad outcomes or changes we expect lottery funding to achieve: Outcome 1 People having better chances in life, with better access to training and development to improve their life skills Outcome 2 Stronger communities, with more active citizens, working together to tackle their problems Outcome 3 Improved rural and urban environments, which communities are better able to access and enjoy Outcome 4 Healthier and more active people and communities

6 Understanding The Funding Environment England Snapshot: Awards for All Statistics – 2013/14 Total Request – £102,134,953 Total Award – £63,234,998 Application success rate – 63.34% BRISTOL – funded 50 projects totalling £446,898 and a success rate of 50%

7 The Upper Horfield Community Trust The Upper Horfield CT was awarded £9,359 from Awards for All to develop an intergenerational organic community garden and allotment. Other activities included a holiday club for young people and volunteers creating a 'Healthy Piece of Eden' alternative cooking and information guide to distribute to the local community

8 Avon Wildlife Trust With £9,660 from Awards for All, this group in Bristol used the funding to construct and equip a roundhouse for educational workshops and as a kitchen space for the community. This will improve the group's horticultural training facilities, providing a sheltered area for beneficiaries to participate in a wider variety of environmental and sustainable projects.

9 Awards for All: Any project applying to Awards for All must meet at least one of BIG’s outcomes:

10 Who can apply

11 You can apply if... ─ You have at least 3 unrelated people on your governing body ─ Do a document check, easy as ABC - Annual accounts (or a 12 month projection), a UK Bank account in the name of your organisation with at least two unrelated signatories, a written Constitution. ─ complete your project within one year of when BIG confirms your award ─ Plan to submit your application at least 5 months before your project is planned to start Please read - Guide to accepting a conditional offer

12 Awards for All - How much can you apply for? ─ Between £300 and £10,000 ─ Only one application at a time ─ One organisation can receive up to £10,000 in any one year period ─ Project needs to be completed and the End of Grant report approved before you can apply again

13 What can Awards for All pay for? Examples of what a grant could pay for: ─ equipment hire or purchase e.g. information technology equipment ─ sessional workers ─ building and refurbishment work ─ updating equipment and premises for health and safety reasons ─ training ─ volunteer expenses ─ transport costs ─ venue hire

14 Specific criteria for buildings ─ Total costs of building works must not be more than £25,000 (including VAT). However, we will fund feasibility studies for potentially larger projects. ─ Any planning permission needed must be in place before making an application. ─ For building projects, applicants must own their own freehold or hold a lease that will continue for at least five years. ─ BIG will only fund non-recoverable VAT.

15 Awards for All cannot pay for: ─ Activities that happen or start before BIG confirms the grant ─ Day-to-day running costs ─ Salaries of permanent or fixed term staff ─ Items that mainly benefit an individual ─ Political or religious activities Good news: we now fund repeat activities for small groups with under £30,000 income (also larger groups if delivery is to a new beneficiary group or in a different area)

16 Awards for All cannot pay for: (continued) ─ Projects or activities that the state has a legal obligation to provide ─ Routine repairs and maintenance ─ Fundraising activities ─ Used vehicles

17 Application process You start your project We confirm the grant You send the documents we ask for We let you know our decision You send us your application You read our guide 60 working days 20 working days 10 working days

18 Any questions...

19 Awards for All - improving your chances BIG scores applications to help decide who should be funded. Applications will score higher if they: ─ show strong evidence of need ─ seek to involve as wide a range of people as possible ─ meet more than one of our outcomes ─ are from groups that have never received an Awards for All grant ─ are from groups with a smaller annual income ─ are for smaller projects The scoring guide used to assess Awards for All is on the website

20 Common Mistakes ─ Applications incomplete on first submission ─ Not returning requested documents at conditional offer stage. ─ Asking for funding for a project more suited to another Lottery funder e.g. A heritage or sports project ─ Asking for something we are unable to fund e.g. Salaries ‘Guide to accepting a conditional grant offer’ on website

21 Most Common Reject Reasons ─ Not evidencing the need for a project ─ Not identifying the outcomes, or changes, the project will make and not linking these to Big Lottery Fund outcomes

22 Show you understand why your is project needed? ─ When writing your application take time to paint a vivid picture in words, which clearly demonstrates why your project is needed. ─ Make sure you tell us all about the problems or issues your group aims to address.

23 What sources can you use to evidence need? ─ Strategies - generic and specialist ─ Statistics and area or community profile ─ Research (reports, surveys etc) ─ Consultation and community involvement ─ Other existing services/current provision (or lack of) ─ Evaluation of existing services ─ Letters of support

24 Explaining outcomes - the difference or changes your project makes 18 years old, mental health issues, dropped out of education and training, sits at home isolated from peers, lacks confidence, has low self esteem.

25 Explaining outcomes 18 years old, mental health issues, sits at home isolated from peers, lacks confidence, low self esteem, dropped out of education/training Activities: Drop in/coffee and chat Accompanied walks to shops Hill walking IT training (games, surfing, music) Expert speakers

26 Explaining outcomes 18 years old, mental health issues, sits at home isolated from peers, lacks confidence, low self esteem, dropped out of education/training Activities: Drop in/coffee and chat Accompanied walks to shops Hill walking IT training (games, surfing, music) Expert speakers Project outcomes: YP with mental health issues: feel less socially isolated Increase confidence Increase self esteem Increase skills Increase understanding of their illness and how to manage it

27 Explaining outcomes 18 years old, mental health issues, sits at home isolated from peers, lacks confidence, low self esteem, dropped out of education/training Activities: Drop in/coffee and chat Accompanied walks to shops Hill walking IT training (games, surfing, music) Expert speakers The project outcomes or changes: YP with mental health issues: feel less isolated, experience a decrease in social isolation Increase confidence Increase self esteem Increase skills Increase understanding of their illness and how to manage it Programme outcomes: Healthier and more active people People having better chances in life Links to

28 Explaining outcomes 18 years old, mental health issues, sits at home isolated from peers, lacks confidence, low self esteem, dropped out of education/training Activities: Drop in/coffee and chat Accompanied walks to shops Hill walking IT training (games, surfing, music) Expert speakers Project outcomes: Feels less isolated Increase in confidence Increased self esteem Increased skills Increased understanding Programme outcomes: Healthier and more active people People having better chances in life Links to

29 BIG Websites – where to find out more  Big Advice Line: Textphone:

30 Thank you. Any questions...

31 Exercise - defining your project outcomes On your own Work through the handout and try and define the difference you would like to make with your project In twos Share what you have written Consider how you would strengthen your partners project Identify one person to feedback to the group,1 thing you have learnt from this exercise 10 mins 5 mins

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