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Extra money for Reaching Communities applicants

15 October 2014

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Community groups are so busy doing their day-to-day work that they have little time or money left for their staff and trustees to learn new skills or focus on long-term goals, grant holders have told us.

So we’ve decided to offer extra money to organisations who are applying to our Reaching Communities programme to help them develop their skills, knowledge and confidence.

This money is available for all stage two applicants to Reaching Communities and stage three applicants to Reaching Communities buildings. You can ask for up to 10 per cent of the grant you’re applying for – up to £15,000. We’ll send you full details when we invite you to apply.

You don’t have to use this money just on staff involved in your Reaching Communities project. We want there to be a lasting benefit to your organisation, so we’d like you to use the money to look at your organisation as a whole. Can you think of areas of your work that could be a whole lot better with some extra support or training?

Group meeting at a tableIf you are just starting to plan your project, or you’re filling out a stage one form, you don’t need to worry about this yet. The money will be added to your grant if your stage two application is successful.

If you are completing a stage two application now, find out more by downloading the Building Capabilities guidance notes.


Find out more about our approach to supporting organisations to increase skills and confidence.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Alfred Kipyegon Kirui permalink
    20 October 2014 12:57 pm

    Am from Kenya and i would like to get some fundings from you to start a primary school for the blind. May you kindly guide on your support

    • Big Lottery Fund permalink*
      21 October 2014 11:55 am


      We can only fund UK-based organisations, partnerships etc. if you are looking for funding from the UK, you will need to find providers that will fund non-UK based organisations.

      I hope this helps.

  2. Trish permalink
    23 February 2016 10:30 am


    Would you consider applications to fund Quality Standards?

    Quality standards build skills and knowledge of staff and volunteers while also impacting on the quality of services. .

    • Big Lottery Fund permalink*
      7 March 2016 5:29 pm

      If you are interested in applying for funding, please contact our Advice team on 0345 3 102030. All the best.


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