OCS announces up to £30m in grants for transforming infrastructure support

BIG Fund (the non-Lottery arm of the BIG Lottery) has opened a short Expressions of Interest period (to 5th Aug) for organisations wishing to apply to the newly announced Transforming Infrastructure Fund.

The criteria/objectives for this fund are very tightly focused. In the guidance notes OCS says:

OCS views this as a final national level investment in this area, aimed at transformational activities such as:

  • Collaboration and consolidation — creating more efficient, effective and agile organisations through rethinking business models, asset consolidation, merger of back-office functions and shared services.
  • The redesign and integration of services towards more imaginative and enterprising approaches that are valued and supported locally.
  • Better links with local businesses; more peer-to- peer support within the local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector and stronger partnerships with local statutory bodies, particularly the relevant local authority.
  • Sustainability in the long-term without ongoing  support from central Government.

Funding of up to £400,000 per upper tier  local authority area  will be available  over a maximum of eighteen  months — £600,000 in the seven local authority areas with a  population of over 1m — but only one application per upper tier  local authority area will be allowed.

See Third Sector Online for more coverage and the BIG fund website.


  1. Charles E Small Reply

    Hello Alun Severn

    Thank you for information outlining funds and criteria.

    I am the CEO the Drum, an arts business located in Birmingham and was wondering if I could have a discussion with you or one of your officers about tramsforming Infrastructure support and rthe Drum.
    I can also be reached on 07810 806 902 and 0121 333 2401 (DL)



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