4 Big Lottery Fund Mission “The Big Lottery Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and to the lives of people most in need”
5 Big Lottery Fund BIG is one of four distributors of Lottery funding We are responsible for 40% of all the money raised for good causes by the National LotteryWe distribute £600 million in funding each year80-90% of our funding goes to community and voluntary organisations
6 BIG is an outcomes funder Your project must meet at least one of these four outcomes:People having better chances in lifeStronger communitiesImproved rural and urban environmentsHealthier and more active people and communities
7 Big’s Funding Principles PartnershipUser InformedLocalLong TermEvidence, Impact and Influence
8 BIG Funding – Three main themes Demand led:Awards for All (Small grants up to £10,000)Reaching Communities (Larger grants upwards from £10,000)Targeted:Focusing on Early years children, Young people with mental health problems, Unemployed young people, People with multiple complex needs, Older peopleSocial investment:Building Capabilities, Social Investment
9 Awards for All Programme Small grants scheme awarding £300-£10,000Applications from community & voluntary groups, schools, health bodies and parish / town councilsSingle stage application processBIG gives decision within 6 weeks of applicationProject must be complete within one year of award
10 Reaching Communities Programme Larger grants scheme awarding grants over £10,000Main programme:Revenue projects funding from £10,000 (average £300,000)Smaller capital projects funding from £10,000-£100,000Buildings programme:Larger capital projects funding from £100,000Geographically targeted at most deprived areas
11 Reaching Communities Programme Very competitive programme – success rate one in tenApplications from community & voluntary groups, charities, statutory bodies, social enterprises, not-for-profit companiesTwo-stage application process to identify fundable projectsBIG gives decision typically within 8-9 months of applicationProject can take up to 5 years to complete
12 Reaching Communities Stage 1 Stage One asks you to explain your project to usNeed to clearly state what you want to do, provide strong evidence of the need for your project and describe the changes that will resultWe will then decide if your project is one we could fund, and if so we will send you a stage 2 application formTime taken to give a decision is currently about ten weeks, depending on the complexity of your project and how much funding you are asking for
13 Reaching Communities Stage 2 Stage Two asks you to explain your project in more detailOpportunity for a telephone interview with a Funding officer to give advice on completing your applicationWe will want to know more about the need for your project, consultation carried out, difference your project will make and detailed budgetYou will have up to 4 months to submit Stage 2 applicationWe will then about 8 weeks to assess your application and may contact you to clarify pointsDecision will then be taken by a grant making panel which meets twice a month
15 Read the Guidelines..... Is your organisation eligible? Do you have required governance in place?Are you asking for funding for a project?Are your project activities suitable for the programme?Would the programme fund your project costs?Can you start / complete your project in the required timescale?
16 Research services in your area Is other work being done to support your beneficiaries?Will your project fill a gap in service?Does it support local priorities?Are there any similar projects in your area?What has BIG funded in your area already?
17 Gather information to support your case Consult with project beneficiaries – include all groups who will benefit from your projectInvolve stakeholders – e.g. schools, doctors, parents, community representatives, local CouncilBuild your evidence – e.g. surveys, focus groups, results of pilot projectsYou will need to show that your project is needed, supported and will make a difference!
19 Now you are ready to start writing your application.....
20 Start by defining NeedGo back to basics – assume the Grant Officers assessing your application know nothing about the needs of the people you are trying to helpQuote your sources - make sure all sources of evidence are listed and dated, and all the information is up to date and relevant to your projectMake a strong case – use a broad range of information and if in doubt add more rather than less
21 Why is providing evidence of need so important? High demand for limited resourcesProve that you understand the community and their needsProve that you haven’t made assumptionsProve the scale of the need your project will addressProve why your project is the best way of meeting the need you have identified
22 How much evidence do you need to provide? Depends on:The scale of the problemWhat capacity you haveHow much funding you areapplying forthe important thing is to make a strong case
23 Sources of evidence ‘Soft’ Information ‘Hard’ Information Local statisticsFocus groupsQuestionnairesInterviewsConsultationsLocal statisticsFocus groupsCensusStrategies and policiesQuestionnairesLetters of supportLocal & national prioritiesInterviewsResearch reports‘Before and after’ dataDeprivation IndexWaiting listsOffice for National Statistics
24 Defining Project Aim, Outcomes and Activities Project aim – be clear about the purpose of your project – does it closely reflect the need identified?Outcomes – strong and clear points to explain the change you want to make for the project beneficiariesProject activities - together should add up to show how the outcomes and aim will be met
25 Developing a strong application Project OutcomeProject AimThe overall point of your projectProject NeedProject NeedProject OutcomesThe difference you want to make or the change you want to bring about for your beneficiariesProject ActivitiesThe services and activities you will carry outto meet the outcomes and achieve the project aim
27 What BIG is looking for in applications Project is appropriate for the programmeA good fit with BIG outcomesStrong evidence that your project is neededProof that your project will make a differenceBeneficiaries consulted and involved in all stages of the project
28 Real Unsuccessful Applications ‘The outcomes need to focus on the difference that the project will make to the lives of the beneficiaries’‘It is unclear from the activities as to what services they will provide to achieve the outcomes’‘Evidence of need could be much stronger and is not dated so it is hard to establish how current it is’‘The applicant lists the organisations and people they have consulted but does not provide any dates or findings’
29 Real Successful Applications ‘Beneficiaries and their needs are clearly identified’‘A full range of activities has been provided that will clearly deliver the project outcomes’‘Varied and relevant external evidence confirms the issues identified and shows support for the project and gaps in current service’‘Beneficiaries involved in management committee, user group, consultation, project planning and design, volunteering, recruitment and evaluation’
30 Tips for Success Read the guidelines and use all other help available Start by defining need – make it the core of your applicationFocus on your beneficiaries and the difference that your project will make to themGet a ‘critical friend’ to review your application before submissionIf not successful first time, ask for feedback and try again!
32 Reaching Communities awards in Islington 165 Stage 1 applications79 invited to Stage 218 Reaching Communities GrantsSuccess rate 11.5%Total value £4,382,298Average grant £243,461Also 82 Multi borough awards
33 Reaching Communities projects in Islington examples Project to assist adults with learning difficulties to manage their own health by providing health advocacy, training, support and one to one health facilitatorsProject to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable older people including those with dementia by providing support to help them to address their own problemsProject to reduce social isolation and improve life skills of people with mental health problems to enable them to become more active and included in their communityProject to improve life chances for disabled people by providing information service, drop-in advice sessions, case work and home visits
35 Support and Guidance Available Big Lottery Fund website:Programme Guidance NotesGetting Funding & Planning Successful ProjectsGood Practice Guides e.g. equalities, involving young peopleCase studies of successful projectsBIG Advice Line:enquiries: