Grants for Community Groups

The Big Lottery has a variety of grants available to Voluntary and Community Sector organisations. These include:
Community Spaces, which aims to empower people to improve public spaces in their neighbourhoods.
Community Wildlife Programme, which is a small grants programme running in partnership with the BBC and is designed to provide opportunities for people to become involved with, enhance and protect their local wildlife.

Community Spaces

Open to constituted Voluntary and Community Sector organisations, Community Spaces aims to empower people to improve public spaces in their neighbourhood.

Examples of projects that Community Spaces will fund include:
• Community gardens and parks.
• Informal sports areas and multi-use game areas.
• Nature reserves.
• Squares and village greens.
• Creation or improvements to churchyard gardens.
• Ponds and projects which improve the community’s access to green space.

There are two streams of grants:
• Small grants: £10,000 – £25,000.
• Medium grants: £25,000 – £49,000.

The deadline for applications is 28 January 2011 (until then, applications can be received at any time).

Community Spaces is a majority capital-funding programme – they want to ensure that money is spent making physical and lasting improvements. Revenue expenditure should not exceed 25% of the amount requested.

For more information visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_cs_comm_spaces or ring 0845 367 1671, or email info@community-spaces.org.uk.

Community Wildlife Programme

The Big Lottery Community Wildlife Programme is a small grants programme running in partnership with the BBC, and it’s now open. It complements the BBC’s “Go Wild” campaign and is designed to provide opportunities for people to become involved in, enhance and protect their local wildlife.

Open to not-for-profit groups and organisations, schools and town/parish councils, grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available to get local communities more involved in their local wildlife.

Funding is for projects that:
• Improve rural or urban environments for people to enjoy, for example, by protecting wildlife habitats, creating a nature trail, woodland walk or wildlife garden.
• Improve community spaces such as rivers, ponds and woodlands.
• Get people more active and healthier, for example by exploring parks, rivers and countryside to look fore rare or endangered species.
• Encourage people to take up gardening or go on nature walks.
• Provide opportunities for children to learn about nature through play.

Next deadlines are 22nd September and 24th November 2010.

For more information visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_community_wildlife or ring 0845 367 060 or email general.enquiries@biglotteryfund.org.uk.

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