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Welcome to the Summer issue of Big Briefing, in this edition we bring you up to speed with all the changes happening inside the Big Lottery Fund. You can find out about the Fund’s new Chief Executive, Dawn Austwick and how the changes in our England operations will improve the way that we engage with local areas in future. We also remind you how, across England, Big Lottery Fund investments are helping people make a difference on the issues that matter most to them.

Ceri Doyle

Interim Chief Executive, Big Lottery Fund

Since January 2013 the Big Lottery Fund has awarded hundreds of grants in the South West region totalling £36,945,291

In this issue:

Dawn Austwick appointed as Big Lottery Fund’s new CEO

Dawn AustwickDawn Austwick joins the Fund from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, an organisation that she has successfully led since 2005. Dawn was previously Deputy Director of the British Museum and before that a project manager at the Tate Modern. She has also been a consultant at KPMG and theatre manager at the Half Moon Theatre in east London. She is also a trustee at Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that looks after buildings including the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace.

Dawn said that she is "relishing the opportunity to build on the Fund’s impact to date in ways that bring lasting benefits to communities and quality of life throughout the UK". She will take up her position in Autumn 2013.

Dawn’s predecessor, Peter Wanless stepped down in May after 5 years at the Fund to take up the position of Chief Executive at the NSPCC. Under Peter’s leadership the Fund has made significant strides towards becoming a more efficient and cost effective funder. Peter was also passionate about impact and ensuring that the money we spend is making a lasting difference to the lives of people and communities most in need.

Changing the way we support local communities in England

Woman at a launch eventThe Big Lottery Fund has made a number of changes to our structure across England to improve our local reach and to ensure our funding continues to focus on people and communities most in need.

New local presence teams across England have been put in place so that we are even more responsive to local needs, increase our engagement with local stakeholders and support communities to find solutions to local problems.

Your local team will be in touch with you shortly to let you know what support they can offer you and your constituents.

Big Lottery Fund open to applications

Step up project

We are keen to raise awareness of Big Lottery Fund opportunities within your constituency. Our popular ongoing funding programmes, Reaching Communities and Awards for All, remain central to our funding portfolio and enable voluntary organisations of all sizes to support a range of causes and beneficiaries.

Awards for All

2 childrenplayingAwards for All continues to kick start an amazing array of community projects across the UK with hundreds of awards made every month.

Awards for All funds projects between £300 and £10,000 and it is open to applications throughout the year. Applicants receive a decision in four weeks and are able to resubmit an application or apply for funding a different project.

Reaching Communities

Man working at a food bankReaching Communities aims to improve communities and the lives of those most in need. Grants cover organisations core costs for up for five years and range from £10,000 to £500,000. The programme also pays for capital projects of up to £50,000 across England and up to £500,000 in the most deprived areas in England.

Reaching Communities is open all year round and is popular with national organisations, as well as small local groups.

We have recently been reviewing the programme based on customer feedback and will be tweaking the programme over the summer in order to make it even more responsive to the needs of our customers. More information will be sent nearer the time. 

Read our factsheets with information on our funding