Funding: Community Grants Available via BigLottery Fund

Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has teamed up with MEN Group/Trinity Mirror to offer an exciting opportunity for projects that bring your community together to tackle local problems and make their areas a better place to live.

Under a unique strand of our existing Awards for All programme, we're giving out up to £130k to local groups right across the Greater Manc hester area. Following a review from our panel a selected number of fundable projects will be put forward to a public vote to decide who will get an award.

We're keen to support projects that:

  • Help talented people make their ideas a reality
  • Allow people to develop and use their skills more
  • Enable people and groups to work together better

This programme is for you if................

  • You need between £300 and £10,000 to help improve your local community and the lives of people most in need
  • You are a voluntary or community organisation, school, parish or town council, or a health body
  • You have a UK based bank /building society account in the name of your organisation that requires at least two people to sign cheques/make a withdrawal
  • Your project will not start before you have found out the result of your application
  • You can complete your project within one year
  • You can explain the need for your project and the changes that will happen because of it
  • Your projects main activities will take place in the Greater Manchester region (Manchester, Salford, Oldham, Rochdale, Bolton, Trafford, Bury, Wigan, Stockport or Tameside)
  • You have not been in receipt of an Awards for All grant within the last 12 months

For more details and to download an application form visit or telephone 0845 4 10 20 30

The closing date for applications is 2pm on 6th May 2011