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2016 at the Big Lottery Fund!

December 19, 2016

2016’s been a huge year here at the Big Lottery Fund – we launched four new programmes including Create Your Space, Third Sector Skills, Celebrate, the Rural programme and the second round of our Community Asset Transfer 2 programme that are part of our brand new Strategic Framework. The year’s about to come to an end, so sit back, put your feet up and take a look at our 2016 round-up of news and top tips!

In January, we heard from Judith Thatcher who is a volunteer at the Down to Earth project in Swansea. Read more about how the project transformed her life.

One of the things that we’re asked about the most is about project outcomes. In February we put a beginner’s guide to help you get your head around how you can demonstrate the results of your project.

If you’re applying for a grant to work in Wales then you’ll need to deliver parts of your project bilingually. Thankfully, in March we published our top ten tips from our Welsh Language team on how you can do just that!

Did you know that the Big Lottery Fund is not the only Lottery funding distributor in Wales? In April we shared a bit more about applying for sports-related projects.

In May we awarded £190,812 to Scope to expand their Face 2 Face befriending project into Wales. Read more about why one parent became a befriender for parents that are raising a disabled child.

If you’re struggling to figure out what costs you can apply for from us, then in maybe our guide to full cost recovery that we published in June can help you out.

Links in Llanelli were awarded £418,241 in July through our People and Places programme to support veterans and ex-Forces people with integrating back into society. Read how the organisation helped one beneficiary recover from rock-bottom after he almost tried to cut off his own leg.

We surprised one organisation in August with the news of their successful People and Places application. See their reaction in our Surprise Lottery Letter video!

In September we heard about Salah Rasool’s journey to Wales as a Kurdish refugee fleeing his home for the third time, and how he eventually said his wedding vows in Welsh.

You don’t need to be a fundraising expert to apply to us for a grant. That’s just one of seven myths about us that we dispelled in October!

In November we launched our brand new £13.5 million Rural programme with a road trip across Wales. Find out more about our new approach to going out into communities.

And finally, in December we found out more about how one-lady in Ceredigion is dedicating herself to support people with conditions that affect vision thanks to a project with the Macular Society.

See you again next year!

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