By policy and learning adviser David Rowlands
It’s easy to forget the impact our funding can make when you are in the office most of the time but this project really highlighted how our funding can makes a huge difference. Read more…
In this blog Steve Keene, our digital manager, talks us through the improvements we will be making to our Online Community.
Bringing people together
Every year we award millions of pounds of the National Lottery’s good cause money across the UK. We know that money makes a huge difference. But we also think there is a real opportunity to do even more to support those we have funded.
I hear lots of stories about groups delivering really valuable work who would like to speak to other groups. They would like to learn from them, pick their brains, share knowledge, problems and opportunities. Sometimes that happens through existing networks. Sometimes it is hard to reach the right people. Read more…
Watch the incredible reaction when the Big Lottery Fund surprised Hanes Llandoch with news that their £247,000 grant application for a People’s Orchard was successful.
Communications manager Ben Payne and funding officer Owen Jones posed as an independent film crew before springing the Surprise Lottery Letter on Nia Siggins from the group.
The sun’s finally out and there’s an unusual chance of it staying, which can only mean one thing – the summer holidays are officially here! Now comes the tricky part: thinking of something to do, whether it’s a day out with the family or an impromptu trip somewhere with a couple of friends.
Luckily, we’ve compiled a list our five favourite spots to visit across Wales this summer. All of them have been awarded money through the Coastal Communities Fund, which has just launched its latest round of funding to the public. So let’s begin: Read more…
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…
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…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.