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£1.5 million for BIG new ideas in Wales

April 3, 2013
Wales Director John Rose

Wales Director John Rose

Today BIG’s Wales’ Director John Rose writes about the launch of a £1.5million pound search for brand new ideas in Wales that have never been tried anywhere else in the UK:

This is the third round of the BIG Innovation programme which will invest money into projects that seek to find new solutions to address emerging and existing social problems.We’re committed to bringing about real improvements to communities most in need but recognise that existing ways of meeting need do not always work and that some needs are new with no ways of addressing them.

Many organisations want to develop new ways of addressing needs but they often lack the staff and financial resources to try out new ideas. Trying out something new also carries risks – it may only partially work or it may not work at all. In the current economic climate, being innovative is challenging, especially if there is no guarantee of success. This is why we launched BIG Innovation in Wales. It can help turn people’s big new ideas into a reality.

We will be making grants of between £20,000 and £1 million with the deadline for applications being 2pm on Friday May 17, 2013. We’re interested in applications from a broad range of sectors and organisations to allow the “best and truly innovative” ideas to be identified and funded. We will consider an idea as being new if it hasn’t been tried anywhere else in the UK and will fund local, regional or national projects as long as at least 75 per cent of the people who will benefit live in Wales.

Other key requirements include a demonstration that the project is new and innovative, extensive consultation with people interested in the work and other service providers, thorough research to identify needs and demonstration of working with local regional or national organisations to make the best use of expertise.

Projects already funded by the programme include £489,143 to Swansea University in 2012 to enable them to run the Wales-wide Interactive Health: Student Sex Workers project. The money has seen the launch of a project to promote learning and understanding about student sex worker needs and associated issues and to provide them with an innovative sexual health service. The project will provide student sex workers, who live and work in Wales, with advice and support and will sign-post them to local services. The project will also provide sexual health information and best practice guidance for Welsh Universities and local services.

In January this year, Cyrenians Cymru Cyf received £793,893 to provide the Community Horse and Pony Scheme’ (CHAPS), a new community-run equine centre in Swansea which aims to tackle issues around urban horse tethering and abandonment whilst involving and supporting the unemployed, substance misusers and disengaged youth in the community.

You can read more about the programme here. We look forward to funding more brand new ideas that will benefit Wales.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Violet Greaves permalink
    April 5, 2013 10:38 am

    Short deadline for hard pressed staff doing the day job

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