The Big Lottery Fund has just announced a new ‘Help Through Crisis‘ programme worth £30m aimed at “projects that draw on the strengths and personal experiences of people facing hardship so that they can overcome immediate difficulties and be ready for opportunities and challenges ahead.”
“We are looking,” the funder says, “for projects that provide tailored support, advice and advocacy to enable people to address difficulties and be in a better position to improve circumstances and plan for their future.”
BLF will only fund projects that meet all four of the following outcomes:
- People who have experienced hardship crisis are better able to improve their circumstances.
- People who are at high risk of experiencing hardship crisis are better able to plan for the future.
- Organisations are better able to support people to effectively tackle hardship through sharing learning and evidence.
- Those experiencing, or who are at high risk of experiencing, hardship crisis, have a stronger, more collective, voice, to better shape a response to their issues.
Grants are expected to be between £300,000 and £500,000 and the deadline for applications is 12:00 on the 26th August 2015.