Reaching Communities Announces Pause in Grant Making (England)
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has announced that it is pausing applications to its Reaching Communities programme at 5pm on the 15th January 2018 until the 2nd April 2018 in order to implement changes to the application process. Reaching Communities provides grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 for projects lasting up to 5 years. Though the programme, voluntary or community groups, social enterprises, statutory organisations such as local authorities or schools can apply for projects that help people and communities who are most in need, and that can make a real difference. There is a two stage application process. Organisations successful at Stage One, will be sent a Stage Two application form. Applicants will usually have four months to complete this. The type of projects supported in the past have included a learning bus to reach hard to reach learners in Nottingham and a project that teaches young people in Hackney, Islington and the City of London to play a range of musical instruments. All applications received before the 15th January 2018 will be processed in the existing manner.