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Making the Most of ‘People & Places’ Funding

July 21, 2016

When applying for any funding through the Big Lottery Fund, it’s important to remember that our Funding Officers take into account which projects are the most value for money. This is especially the case for the ‘People & Places’ programme.

The ‘People & Places’ programme funds capital, revenue and overheads costs in projects that can last for up to five years. Organisations can apply for between £5,001 and £1 million.

We always advise that the cost of your project be carefully considered, as applications asking for more money than is necessary are less likely to be successful. As such, we’ve brought together helpful tips for when you’re thinking about how much you’ll need to apply for:- Read more…

I very nearly cut off my damaged leg with a kitchen knife

July 19, 2016
Andrew MacDonald

After Andrew MacDonald was medically discharged from the army with a leg injury at just 21 he spent years struggling to come to terms with how much his injury was affecting his day to day life – at rock-bottom almost cutting his leg off with a kitchen knife. Andrew tells us more about his experience and how the Links project in Llanelli helped him to take back his life.

“I spent nearly a year as a hermit but I got my act together after friends got me out again and went to college to retrain, and eventually found a post with the college.  I also met my future wife to be.

“Over the next ten years my leg continued to get worse and I again lost my job, I found it harder to find work or socialise with others.  My moods started to affect my marriage and my bond with my children. Read more…

£3 million available for coastal communities in Wales

July 18, 2016

Regeneration projects in Wales are being urged to apply to the Coastal Communities Fund which has £3.4 million available.

Under the Coastal Communities Fund, which was established by the UK Treasury and devolved administrations, grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 are available to fund projects that boost the economic prospects of coastal communities.

Eligible projects must benefit coastal areas in Wales, promote sustainable economic growth and create or safeguard jobs so people can better respond to changing needs and opportunities.

Projects, which can come from public, private and voluntary sectors, must also do one of the following:

  • start or move into a new area of activity or business
  • expand the delivery of existing activity or business
  • innovate or improve their business model or organisational structure

If would you like to attend an event (Plas Heli in Pwilheli, Gwynedd between 10.30am and 3pm on Thursday July 28 or  Bridge Innovation Centre, Pembroke Dock between 10.30am and 3pm on Thursday August 4) to find out more about the funding please email

Since the start of the Coastal Communities it has awarded 218 grants worth £125 million to organisations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. These projects are forecast to deliver 12,000 jobs opportunities, and help attract over £240 million of additional funds to coastal areas.

Some 39 awards worth £8,160,904 have been awarded in Wales with the programme being delivered in partnership between the Welsh Government and Big Lottery Fund.

Applications forms and guidance materials are now available with the deadline of noon on Thursday 29 September 2016 for the first stage of the application process. Grants will be awarded in summer 2017.

Read how one project used funding from a previous round.

Your story is our story

July 12, 2016
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#LotterySelfie from training day

With your story is our story approach in mind, we have just trained ten projects that have received funding from us in the latest communications techniques.

Training funded projects in this way is not completely new but what we did this time, with a little help from external PR company Equinox, was provide a much wider support package. This meant we didn’t just look at things like writing a press release, social media and interview techniques but also identifying/mapping stakeholders, putting together a comprehensive communications plan, reputational management and helping projects talk to and/or influence the people that matter to them.

It was also an opportunity for networking and a chance to meet us outside those usual conversations about things like a grant application or monitoring visit.

And there was another top selling point. By signing up for the free session, projects, who were all from our Bright New Futures programme, pledged to work on something with us afterwards. This could be anything from a social media campaign, press feature, series of blogs to promoting an event or celebrating achievements. Read more…

Shaking up the salt industry

July 12, 2016

salt.jpgHalen Mon has been shaking up the salt industry with a little bit of help from the Coastal Communities in Wales (CCF).

The successful business was namely, Halen Mon. Their two year project was awarded £191,817 to provide a permanent building to house the organisation’s Salt-Cote and Visitor Centre. It became a sustainable centre for sea salt production and visits.

And Until 29 September 2016, other regeneration projects in Wales can apply to CCF which has a further £3.4 million available.

Halen Mon itself is nearing the end of their funding so we asked them to look back and tell us how their Coastal Communities Funding helped their business to reach new heights, even being sampled by a US president! Eluned Davies from the project tells us more…

“We make the world’s finest sea salt. Our business exists for the good of all who are involved in making, buying and eating it.

Importantly our team is committed to producing our products in a sustainable way. We started our business because we love the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where we live.

We had long wanted to expand the business – going all the way back to an £800K 25% grant offer in 2004 from the WDA which was then abolished, along with our expansion ambitions. 

Read more…

Cutting through to the grassroots

July 7, 2016
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Gareth presents cheque to Grenville from the club

By Gareth Hughes, Big Lottery Fund’s developing local knowledge officer

Today I was delighted to deliver some good news to Parciau Bowling Club – £5,000 worth of good news.

As part of our Surprise Lottery Letter campaign, I turned up unexpectedly at the Club in Wrexham to tell them their Awards for All application was successful so they will soon be purchasing equipment needed to keep their green lush.

Why did we pick Parciau for this surprise? Well a few weeks ago whilst at an event in Wrexham, I met some of the committee members from the bowling club for the first time. Ironically I met them at an event, the Wrexham Third Sectors Managers Forum where our Director in Wales John Rose was sharing our vision about our future direction as a fund and the details of our Strategic Framework.

At the heart of this is our vision that people should be in the lead in improving their lives and communities. What people bring to the table, not what they don’t have; and a strong belief that people and communities are best placed to solve their problems, take advantage of opportunities, and rise to challenges. Our job as a funder is to support them in doing so.

Read more…

Celebrate your community with a grant of up to £2,000

July 6, 2016

Carmarthenshire Association of Voluntary Services - Llanelli Multicutural Event 1.jpgWould you like the chance to celebrate something in your community? Want to get to know your neighbours better or celebrate a special achievement?

The Big Lottery Fund has launched Celebrate, a new funding programme that aims to bring people together. Grants of up to £2,000 will be awarded to help communities celebrate what’s most important to them.

You can apply to Celebrate if you are a voluntary or community organisation, a school or a statutory organisation.

Want to find out more?

Call us on 0300 123 0735 or email us at

Further information and an application form are available on our website. You can join the conversation on Twitter by searching #BigCelebration.

To keep up to date with the latest news from the Big Lottery Fund, follow ‘Big Lottery Fund Wales’ on Facebook, @BigLotteryWales on Twitter, or sign up to our ebulletin


Who will you vote for in The National Lottery Awards?

July 1, 2016

11015800_10153151375182690_789220297176969244_n.jpgVotes are now open for this year’s National Lottery Awards, the search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. Three Big Lottery Fund projects from Wales need your votes as they aim for nationwide acclaim on BBC One in the televised ceremony in September.

The winners of each of the National Lottery Awards categories will get a £3,000 cash prize, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded Awards ceremony, broadcast on BBC One in September. Read more…

Have your say in your local projects

June 28, 2016

Pennine Lancashire Community Farm 3 (1).jpgSixteen transformational community projects across Wales are inviting you to help shape their plans, worth up to £2 million each. Find out who they are below.

Projects across Anglesey, Caerphilly, Conwy, Flintshire, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, and Wrexham are asking people in their communities how they would like to see their local environment improved, and are each receiving a share of £290,850 as part of our Create Your Space programme. Read more…

Full cost recovery: Ensure you apply for all of the project costs

June 27, 2016

The Community Fruit and Veg project 017.jpgThe Big Lottery Fund aims to fund community project’s where you are doing something new or enhancing existing services or activities. We define a project as a specific and distinct piece of work which require funding for a definitive period of time.

We’ve identified that some people applying to our large grant programme, People and Places, are unaware that they can however apply for a portion of their overheads. Rosie Dent from our Funding Advice Team has put together some questions and answers to help explain what full cost recovery is and how to calculate it to ensure you’re applying for all of the funding you need for your project. Read more…


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