Funding Available to Encourage Collaboration Between Community Organisations (England)

Not for profit organisations in England can apply for grants of over £10,000 for up to five years to to the Big Lottery Funds £40 million Partnership Fund. The aim of the fund is to help local organisations develop a more strategic approach to improving their community by developing and growing new and existing partnerships with other organisations.

The funding can support many different types of partnership, including:

  • cross-sector partnerships;
  • local place-based collaboration;
  • local and national organisations working together around a particular theme.

The grants can be used to fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs. A total of £40 million is available this year.

The Big Lottery Fund will support ideas that meet one or more of their three funding priorities:

  • Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Organisations eligible to apply include:

  • Voluntary and community organisations
  • Registered charities
  • Social enterprises
  • Groups of organisations, as long as they are led by a voluntary and community organisations or social enterprise
  • Schools
  • Statutory bodies (including town, parish or community councils)
  • Community interest companies (with two or more directors).

The funding is being made available through the Big Lottery Fund’s Partnership Fund and applications can be submitted at any time.

https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/partnerships-england

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