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Building a Legacy

Developing and extending the positive impact of the first UK City of Culture
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Application deadline:
09/08/2013 17:00:00

What's it all about?

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Building a Legacy is a Big Lottery Fund initiative that aims to develop and extend the positive impact of the first UK City of Culture in Derry/Londonderry and contribute to a meaningful legacy for local people and communities.

We want to fund one project valued at a maximum of £400,000 that will make a lasting legacy and build upon the investment already made through Culture for All.

We want to support an organisation that will award small grants directly to people and projects in Derry/Londonderry and County Londonderry. We want these small grants to build on the work delivered through our Culture for All programme. The organisation will be appointed as an external delegate for handling lottery funds in order that it can make its own decisions as to the recipients of the funding.

We are inviting expressions of interest from organisations for a project that fits with the Culture for All priorities. Expressions of interest should:

  • Link to the UK City of Culture legacy in a way that benefits their own communities – communities can be people in a local area or people who share a common interest or need.
  • Encourage talent, increase skills and strengthen community activity by supporting activities that help to develop people and organisations.
  • Improve quality of life by increasing opportunities for people, especially those most disadvantaged, to engage with the UK City of Culture legacy.
  • Best meet local need and have the most impact on communities.

What are we looking for?

Building a Legacy will fund a one-off initiative that can achieve the following outcome:

Building on the success of the first UK City of Culture in Derry/Londonderry, community skills are enhanced, projects and people are supported to make a lasting legacy.

Who can apply?

Charitable organisations with:

  • Grant making experience to VCS led projects and individuals.
  • Established entity with powers to deliver funding and eligible to be appointed as an external delegate handling lottery funds.
  • A proven ability and skills to support delivery of legacy priorities of the first UK City of Culture, within Derry/Londonderry and County Londonderry.
  • A proven ability to support any development work required to ensure successful delivery of legacy activity.
  • Knowledge and ability to access local communities and community networks.
  • Ability to communicate the impact of an investment in the legacy of the UK City of Culture.
  • Have three years externally audited accounts .We will not fund organisations which are in poor financial health or those organisations which have had a previous grant from the Big Lottery Fund which has not been managed satisfactorily. The organisation completing and submitting the form must be the same organisation which will receive the grant and manage the project. We will not consider an application made by one organisation on behalf of another.
  • We will only award a grant to a charitable organisation which has a written governing document, for example, constitution, set of rules or trust deed. There must be at least three unrelated people on your organisation’s governing body or management committee. If you are not sure whether you are eligible to apply please call our enquiries line on 02890 551455.

What can you apply for?

We are only looking to fund the most innovative initiative under this scheme that best fit the aims and outcome. We have already invested more than £1million into small grants to support people and communities to take part in the first UK City of Culture.

Because only a limited amount of funding is available, we are looking for expressions of interest that complement rather than duplicate the activities already funded through Culture for All.

However we are interested in looking at proposals that develop and build upon the investment already made through the Culture for All programme.

Download a list of projects we have already funded under Culture for All.

We will award one grant to a maximum of £400,000 to be administered over six years. The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 5pm Friday 9 August.


Organisation Types

  • Voluntary or community organisation


  • Stronger communities
  • Identifying and meeting need
  • Better funding
  • Building skills and confidence