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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BIG Building Better Opportunities Funding for the Black Country

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The Big Lottery Fund is matching funds from the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 to provide joint investment in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.

The Black Country LEP’s 4 project outlines worth £24 million have been published with a closing date of 3rd August 2015. Programme guidance and call information specifically relating to the Black Country can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website or click here.

Black Country Together CIC, Steps to Work, Walsall Housing Group/The Accord Group and Heart of England Community Foundation together are holding 3 joint events for potential European Social Fund/Big Lottery delivery partners.

Applications are via a LEAD organisation working with a series of contracted DELIVERY partners. Steps to Work are bidding to lead the ‘Employment support for over 25’s’ strand worth £10.6 million.
The Heart of England Community Foundation are bidding to LEAD the ‘Targeted Communities’ strand worth £5 million. Black Country Together CIC is bidding to lead the ‘Families in Poverty’ strand £3.4 million. Walsall Housing Group / The Accord Group are bidding to lead the ‘Financial & Digital Inclusion’ strand worth £3.9 million.

The partners are holding 3 joint events for potential delivery partners
Monday 22nd June – Brierley Hill 2pm – 4pm. Click here to book.                                                          Wednesday 24th June – Sandwell 2pm-4pm. Click here to book.
Wednesday 24th June – Wolverhampton 10am – 12. Click here to book.
Friday 26th June – Walsall – 10am – 12. Click here to book.

All events cover the same information so you only need to attend one.

Places are limited so initially it is 1 person per organisation.
The partners strongly recommend that you read the LEP’s Black Country project outlines and the Lottery’s Programme Guide before deciding if this is the right thing for your organisation to consider.

Warning: delivering EU finding is complicated and time consuming. If you are looking for small grant funding this is not the right programme for you.

These events are supported by Dudley CVS, SCVO, Walsall VA and Wolverhampton VSC.

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