We had a delightful first meeting at the Lauries this morning with the new Big Lottery local team.
Anna Simon (left) Funding officer and Alice Irvine (right) Funding Manager came over to the Wirral to introduce themselves, and tell us a little bit about the new team, the changes to the funding process for Reaching Communities and the new Partnership fund.
They have also agreed to do a Meet the Funder session, and some drop in sessions as well. All to be arranged.
Here are some of the key points I have garnered from this morning’s meeting.
Stage one of the process is now much simpler, and is focused on the following questions.
- what you want to do and why
- what difference you think your idea will make
- how people and communities are involved with your project
- the background to your organisation
- the length of your project budget and how much funding you’ll need from us
- how your idea fits in with other activities.
The timescales for Reaching Communities now seem quicker, and they want to fund revenue projects (which may also have a smaller element of capital spend).
It should be easier for smaller – mid range organisations to apply for funding.
There is no requirement for match funding.
Stage two will be focused on building a project plan with the support of the Funding officer.
All current projects, and current applications will be moved over to the local team, and Anna is expecting to visit all organisations within the next few months.
If you are planning to apply to either Reaching Communities or Partnership Fund, then submit your idea on the website and Anna will get in touch within 15 days. https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/reaching-communities-england#section-4
If you are interested in applying for partnership funding this is the link to the website page.