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In June 2004, The New Opportunities Fund And The Community Fund Merged To Become The Big Lottery Fund, Which Will Distribute Half Of The Proceeds For Good Causes From The National Lottery. This Is Anticipated To Be Between 600 And 700 Million A Year Until 2009, When The Current Camelot Licence Ends. Funds Are Available To All Four Countries Of The UK. England, Wales, Scotland And Northern Ireland Each Has Its Own Local Office, As Do The Nine English Regions.

The Big Lottery Fund Distributes Funding For Charities And The Voluntary And Community Sectors (As Under The Community Fund) And Health, Education And Environment Projects (As Under The New Opportunities Fund). It Will Also Take Over The Millennium Commission's Role Of Supporting Large-Scale Regeneration Projects. Support Is Available For A Range Of Different Types Of Funding Programmes, Including 'Open' Grant Programmes, Where A Wide Range Of Organisations Can Apply By Completing An Application Form, And Other Programmes Concentrating On Particular Priorities.

The Reaching Communities Programme, Launched In December 2005, Is Open To Schools And Voluntary Organisations For Applications Meeting One Of Four Criteria: Offering People Better Chances In Life; Building Strong Communities With More Active Citizens; Developing Improved Rural And Urban Environments; Or Creating Healthier And More Active People And Communities. It Will Allocate 100m To English Projects In Its First Year. Scotland, Northern Ireland And Wales Have Separate Budgets For Similar Programmes.

The New Family Learning Programme Focuses On Family Issues, Family Relationships And Support Activities That Will Improve Numeracy, Language And Literacy Skills - Helping Parents To Understand More About How Their Children Learn And Encouraging Adults And Children To Learn As A Family. It Is Open For Applications From 19 September 2006 To 29 August 2008, With A Total Of 40 Million Providing Grants Of Between 10,000 And 500,000.

The Community Libraries Programme Aims To Fund Libraries That Are Seeking To Become Centres Of Wider Community Learning And Development Via Learning Based Activities As Well As Creating, Developing Library Spaces That Meet The Needs Of The Whole Community. Libraries Will Be Encouraged To Work With Disadvantaged Groups, Existing Users And Non-Users, Voluntary And Community Groups And Other Community Service Providers, And Reflect Local/National Strategies. Applications Will Be Accepted Up Until March 30th 2007, With The Maximum Grant Offered Being 2 Million, And A Minimum Offer Of 250,000. A Total Of 80 Million Is Available.

For More Information: Call The Helpline On 0845 410 2030.

Comic Relief Provides A Variety Of Different Funding Programmes Targeting Specific Areas. For Example, Supporting Communities Aims To Support People From Poor And Disadvantaged Communities (Urban Or Rural), Particularly Those That Do Not Have Access To Government Regeneration And Neighbourhood Renewal Funds, To Come Together To Improve Local Conditions And Quality Of Life. Examples Given Include A Childcare Scheme For Lone Parents, A Computer Group For Older People, A Community Furniture Project And A Toy Library. Applications May Be For Up To 10,000 A Year For A Maximum Of Two Years, To Cover Running And Equipment Costs. Funding Is Awarded In Cycles With Closing Dates Throughout 2001/2002, With Equal Amounts Of Money Available To Each Cycle.
For More Information Including Full Guidelines And Application Form, Send A Large Sae To UK Grants Team, Comic Relief, 5th Floor, 89 Albert Embankment, London Se1 7tp.

Children In Need Accepts Applications For Projects Working With Children Aged 18 And Under In The UK. Applications Can Be From Self-Help Groups, Voluntary Organisations Or Registered Charities.
Deadlines For Applications Are Generally In March And November.

European Funding

European Funding Is Available To Support A Variety Of Projects, Contact Your Local Authority To Find Out About Any Large Or Group Bids.

  • Applications To The European Social Fund, Which Has Put Lifelong Learning High On Its Agenda, Must Be Made Through Government Offices. For More Information:And For Details Of Local Government Visit Www.Info4local.Gov.Uk
  • A European Vocational Training Programme Leonardo Da Vinci Aims To Support Member States' Policies On Employability, Lifelong Learning And Skills Through Joint Work With Other Member Countries. For More Information:Www.Leonardo.Org.Uk.
  • Other Programmes To Consider Include Education Programmes Such As Socrates And Commenius Run By The Central Bureau For Educational Visits And Exchanges. Socrates Ii, Launched On 20 March 2000, Focuses On Lifelong Learning For Citizenship And Employability. For More Information:Www.Britishcouncil.Org/Socrates-What-Is-Socrates.Htm Or Contact 020 7389 4004.
  • Grundtvig Promotes The European Dimension In Adult Education And Lifelong Learning And Targets Both The Formal And Non-Formal Sectors Of Adult Education. Funding Is Available For A Range Of Activities, For Example Producing New Learning Materials Or Methods For Assessment, Small-Scale Projects With A Strong Emphasis On Reaching New Target Audiences, And Involving Learners And Trainers From Different Countries Working Together On Common Topics. Niace Provides Support On Grundtvig Within The Uk. Visit Www.Niace.Org.Uk/Funds/Grundtvig/Default.Htm
  • Minerva Supports Open And Distance Learning (Odl) And The Use Of Information And Communication Technology. Its Main Aims Are To Promote Understanding On The Role Of Odl And Ict, To Ensure The Balance Between Teaching Methods And Technological Input In The Development Of Ict-Based Materials And To Open Up Access To Odl And Ict To Learners Of All Ages And Abilities Across Europe.
    For More Information On Gundtvig Or Minerva Visit Www.Britishcouncil.Org/Learning.Htm
  • Culture 2000 Is Administered By The Education And Culture Department Of The European Commission. Its Aim Is To Promote Cultural Diversity By Encouraging Cooperation Between Member States And Participating Countries, In Particular By Supporting Artistic Creation And Preserving The Common Cultural Heritage. All Projects Must Be Multi-National; Single Country Projects Are Not Considered Under Culture 2000. The Current Call For Applications, For Projects To Begin In 2003, Was Made In July 2002 And Is Prioritising Activity Around The Performing Arts. However, Opportunities Are Possible In Other Cultural Areas And The Call Also Makes Mention Of Books, Reading And Translation Work. The 2004 Priority Theme Will Be Cultural Heritage, Including Libraries, And Will Again Also Include Books, Reading And Translation. Euclid Is The Official UK Entry Point For The Culture 2000 Programme.For More Information: Visit Www.Euclid.Info/

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