Building Better Opportunities Opens in Six LEP Areas of England

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Building Better Opportunities Opens in Six LEP Areas of England
The Building Better Opportunities Fund is financed with matching funds from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund 2014-2020.
There are currently eight funding opportunities now open for application in six of the 37 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas across England. Projects should provide learning and training opportunities for people to increase their confidence and learn new skills to help them gain employment. As projects are designed to help people to overcome a range of challenges in their lives and communities, extra support will be given to hard-to-reach and socially-excluded groups, including people with disabilities, mental health or addiction issues, those who are homeless, ex-offenders and people living in isolated rural areas.
Applicants will need to be sure that they meet the local needs and priorities as set out by the Local Enterprise Partnerships.
The six LEP areas with funding for the third round are:
• Coast to Capital
• Enterprise M3
• Greater Lincolnshire
• Lancashire
• Leicester and Leicestershire
• Thames Valley Berkshire
Interested organisations should check the Big Lottery Fund website to see the project outlines for each of these areas.
There is a two-stage application process. At the first stage applicants will be asked to outline their approach. Successful applicants will then be invited to the second stage where they will need to provide more detail.

Big Lottery Fund will then assess stage one application forms within three months and decide whether to invite applicants to stage two.

Full details, including an online stage one application form and relevant documents, can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website.

The deadline for first stage applications is 16 May 2016

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