Reaching Communities buildings fund criteria widened

Big Lottery are making the following small but significant changes to the eligibility of the Reaching Communities buildings strand:

1. To Introduce IMD 2010 data on top of IMD 2007 data

The funding is targeted at buildings or sites based in the most deprived ‘Lower Super Output Areas’ (LSOAs) in England, using data from the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD).

Now that IMD 2010 data is available BL have added any new LSOAs that fall within the three criteria listed below to the original LSOAs identified using IMD 2007.  All existing 2007 LSOAs will still be eligible even if they are no longer classified as being among one of these three categories.
2. To increase the urban percentage from 15 per cent to 20 per cent

BL are increasing the urban threshold to 20 per cent which brings it in line with other approaches to targeting deprived areas.

There are no other immediate changes and BL remain very much open to applications to support projects that improve or replace existing buildings where a wide range of community activities take place.

The online eligibility checker has been updated to incorporate 2010 IMD data and now includes the following eligible areas:

  • the most deprived 20 per cent of LSOAs categorised as urban
  • the most deprived 20 per cent of LSOAs categorised as rural (town and fringe)
  • the most deprived 50 per cent of LSOAs categorised as rural (villages/hamlets/isolated dwellings).

This programme can make funding offers of between £100,000 and £500,000 towards major capital work for multi-purpose community buildings.

Visit Big Lottery’s website for more information and to check your eligibility

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