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Lottery funding to help England’s voluntary sector access European funding

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Area:
England
Programme:
Building Better Opportunities
Release date:
23 10 2014

The Big Lottery Fund is today awarding £630,000 of Lottery funding to 36 organisations across England to raise awareness within the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector of the opportunities available through the European Social Fund (ESF). The funded projects will provide advice and guidance on the European funding that will be matched by the Big Lottery Fund in their Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas and will be available from 2015.

Over the next few years the Big Lottery Fund plans to put up £260 million of National Lottery funding to match a similar figure from Europe, subject to sign off from the European Commission at the end of this year. Together, the matched funds will be used to tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.

The money from Europe comes from a new seven year cycle of European funding – the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) Growth programme, of which ESF is one part. It will support a wide range of projects including improving employability for the most disadvantaged, helping those with multiple and complex needs, improving financial literacy, and helping communities to overcome challenges in their lives.

Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund said: “Historically voluntary organisations have often found it difficult to access European funding. Through this development funding, we will help ensure there is widespread awareness of the opportunities available through the ESF, and will bring the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector together to discuss local needs already identified by LEPs and how best to tackle these priorities.” 

Cheshire Community Foundation Limited (CCF) will act as main point of contact in the Cheshire and Warrington LEP area and will organise awareness-raising events, with around 100 VCSE organisations expected to attend each event. London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC) plans to host a road show across London as well as a series of workshops focussing on specific technical aspects of European funding delivery. The Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum (CVSF) will create an online contacts database with at least 2,000 organisations interested in workshops and training to ensure these groups are well informed, prepared and ready for when the main funding becomes available next year.

Below is a list of the 36 organisations who have been awarded the development grants.

LEP Area

Organisation

Grant

Black Country

Black Country Consortium Limited

£30,000

Cheshire and Warrington

Cheshire Community Foundation Limited

£19,897

Coast to Capital

Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester (VAAC)

£10,000

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum

£30,000

Coventry and Warwickshire

Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action

£20,000

Cumbria

Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service

£10,000

Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire

One East Midlands

£30,000

Dorset

Dorset Community Action

£20,000

Enterprise M3

Surrey Community Action

£10,000

Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire Rural Community Council

£9,991

Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough

Big Society Funding Community Interest Company

£19,830

Greater Lincolnshire

Urban Challenge Limited

£10,000

Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations (GMCVO)

£20,000

Heart of South West

South West Forum

£9,996

Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire Community Foundation

£20,000

Humber

CERT Ltd

£10,000

Lancashire

ONE Lancashire Limited

£20,000

Leeds City Region

Voluntary Action Leeds

£10,000

Leicester and Leicestershire

LCCDA Management Co-Operative Limited (also known as CASE)

£29,949

Liverpool City Region

Sefton Council for Voluntary Service

£10,000

London

London Voluntary Service Council

£50,000

New Anglia

Community Action Suffolk

£19,730

North East

Voluntary Organisation Network North East (VONNE)

£30,000

Northamptonshire

Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire

£10,000

Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action

£10,000

Sheffield City Region

Key Fund Investments Limited

£10,000

South East

Basildon, Billericay and Wickford Council for Voluntary Service

£20,000

South East Midlands

The Learning Partnership – Bedfordshire and Luton Limited

£10,000

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire

Staffordshire County Council

£29,750

Swindon and Wiltshire

Community First

£9,628

Tees Valley

Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency Limited

£20,000

Thames Valley Berkshire

Reading Voluntary Action

£9,916

The Marches

Shropshire Providers Consortium

£20,000

West of England

Quartet Community Foundation

£10,000

Worcestershire

Vestia Community Trust

£10,000

York, North Yorkshire & East Riding

Your Consortium Ltd

£10,000

Further information about who has been awarded development funding in each LEP area and how you can contact them can be found on our website at http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/esf

Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 020 7211 1888
Out of hours media contact: 07867 500572
Website: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
Twitter: @biglotteryfund #biglf
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BigLotteryFund

Notes to editors

• The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery.
• The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in 2004 it has awarded close to £6bn.
• In the year ending 31 March 2013, 28% of total National Lottery revenue was awarded to projects. Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £32 billion has been raised and more than 400,000 grants awarded.
• ESF is the European Social Fund. See http://ec.europa.eu/esf/home.jsp?langId=en
• ESIF is the European Structural & Investment Funds, which brings together 5 funds, including ESF. See http://ec.europa.eu/contracts_grants/funds_en.htm
• LEPs determine local spending priorities in accordance with national guidance from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), which was issued last year: http://www.ncvo.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/345-ncvo-european-funds-guidance-is-good-news-for-charity-sector
• The funding is subject to approval by the European Commission and Big Lottery Fund’s formal appointment as an opt-in organisation.
• Arrangements for distribution of the UK’s European Structural and Investment Funds have been negotiated for England by BIS. Within ESIF, the European Social Fund (ESF) and European Regional and Development Fund (ERDF) are currently managed separately. ESF is managed in the UK by the Department for Work and Pensions, with ERDF managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government. NCVO, the Cabinet Office, BIS, DWP and DCLG have worked together, along with Big Lottery Fund, to significantly improve access to social inclusion funding from these programmes for voluntary organisations.






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