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Advice Services Transition Fund

Helping the not-for-profit advice sector
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Funding size:
£50,000 - £350,000
Total available:
£65 million
Application deadline:
This programme is now closed

What’s it all about?

This programme is now closed for applications

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has set up the Advice Services Transition Fund to enable local not-for-profit providers of advice services in England to continue to give vital help to people and communities.

Download a full list of organisations awarded in May 2013

What are we looking for?

We want to help the not-for-profit sector transform and adapt to a new funding environment by renewing its service models to reduce duplication, measure the difference services can make to people’s lives, and bring providers together to be more efficient and effective. In order to thrive and secure its future sustainability, the independent advice sector will also need to be more enterprising and business-minded.

Up to £65 million will be available to help partnerships of advice organisations to identify new ways of delivering and funding their services in the future. Funding is provided by BIG and the Cabinet Office.

Who can apply?

Funding will be available to partnerships of local not-for-profit advice providers who can come together in an area and demonstrate that they have compelling plans to improve services and make them more viable.

Partners should be organisations that provide free advice, help and support to people about their rights and responsibilities. Partnerships can include other not-for-profit organisations where you can show that they will strengthen your proposal. The range of advice providers within the partnership should reflect the full needs of the people and communities in your area. We expect this to include the provision of advice on welfare benefits, debt, housing and employment.

Download further information on eligibility and partnerships.

If you are a partnership interested in applying to the Advice Services Transition Fund, you may want to learn more about the options for new ways of working before you finalise your bid. We have prepared a list of organisations which may have information to help you. 

We have prepared detailed Questions and Answers to address some frequently asked questions. These were last updated on 8 November 2012

Further Updates to Guidance were issued on 14 December 2012.

What can you apply for?

Grants of between £50,000 and £350,000 will be available to be spent over two years. Further information and guidance can be found in the application form.

Download full details about  how to apply for a grant

If you have any specific questions about the programme that are not already covered by the materials and Qs and As, you can email us at Advice.Transition@biglotteryfund.org.uk

If you have particular communication needs and would like to request a hard copy application form or would like further help, please call Big Advice Line on 0845 4 10 20 30 or email general.enquiries@biglotteryfund.org.uk