We’ve recently learned that Dudley projects are missing out on funding from Awards for All, a Big Lottery Fund programme that offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for activities that run for 12 months or less.
You can learn more about Awards for All by watching this short video:
According to Big Lottery Fund, applications to Awards for All from Dudley are down compared with other boroughs. It’s important to say here that this might not necessarily be a bad thing; in this climate, we are encouraging people and organisations to think about different models of financing their work, which will ultimately reduce reliance on grants and build more sustainable communities. But this may also mean that some organisations are struggling to sustain or kick-start their work and we want to support those wonderful projects to get off the ground.
That’s why Martin and I are in the process of designing an event which will help people to complete the most important sections of the Awards for All application form. The event will happen in the New Year and staff from CVS, Big Lottery Fund and hopefully Dudley Council will be on hand to give hands-on guidance and support.
We’ve helped lots of organisations to run great activities in our communities by supporting them with applications to Awards for All, including Lye-based Diyya, featured on this blog earlier this year, and Seniors Luncheon Club, based in Stourbridge.
We’ll publicise details of the forthcoming event as soon as we can. In the meantime, have a look at the video and learn more about Awards for All on the Big Lottery Fund website.