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.