Event: Big Lottery Fund Improving Futures - Potential for a Trafford Bid

The Big Lottery Fund has recently launched a new £20millon programme which aims to improve outcomes for families facing multiple problems. The funding will support 20 projects nationally over a period of up to 5 years to develop approaches involving both the voluntary & community sectors as well as the statutory sector.
BIG are inviting applications from partnerships which are led by voluntary sector groups.

To explore local potential for this programme VCAT and Trafford Council invite interested organisations to an initial meeting:

  • Wednesday 20th April at 2.30pm at Trafford Carers Centre, 13 Warwick Rd, Old Trafford, M16 0QX. For a map please click here
  • If you are interested, but unable to attend, please email development@vcatrafford.org

About the Improving Futures Fund:

Every child deserves the best start in life, but we know that some grow up in difficult circumstances. Some families experience multiple and complex problems – for example, to do with poor health, unemployment, debt or housing problems – which can affect their children’s wellbeing and life chances.

The Improving Futures programme aims to improve outcomes for children within these families. For more information visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_improving_futures.htm

Following extensive consultation with public and voluntary sector organisations, we have decided to fund partnerships that can offer joined-up support and provision for families with multiple and complex problems at a local level. Interested parties need to be aware of the following:

  • Partnerships must be led by voluntary sector organisations, but will need to be supported by or include local authorities
  • Because every family is different, partnerships will need to be able to draw on a broad range of expertise and services to meet their needs, including setting out to help those families considered ‘hardest to reach’.

We have limited funding to support up to 20 partnerships across the UK, and no more than one expression of interest should be made per local authority area.