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Big Lottery plans range of measures to help charities win EU grants money

The Big Lottery Fund has said it will take steps to ensure that charities win more of a £550m pot of grant money it is jointly providing along with the EU.

Last year BIG announced that it would be be providing half the cash in the Building Better Opportunities Fund, match funding cash provided by the European Social Fund. At the time it said it would commit £260m.

The money will be distributed through a single application process, but will be used to match prorities decided by Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Speaking at a funding conference yesterday organised by NCVO, Andrew Morris, deputy director for England at BIG, said the money will not be exclusively available for charities, but BIG is encouraging voluntary organisations to apply.

“We can’t guarantee that funds will go to the voluntary sector,” said Morris. “But we can design a way to give the voluntary sector the best possible way of competing on equal terms for the funds.”

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