Not for profit organisations in England can apply for grants of over £10,000 for up to five years 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
- 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.