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BIG programmes - a reminder

Wed, 07/08/2013

Here’s a reminder of two programmes funded by the Big Lottery Fund which might be of interest to VCS organisations in the West Midlands.

BIG Assist is a programme being delivered by NCVO, helping to strengthen infrastructure organisations through a diagnostic and voucher scheme, as well as a collaborative peer to peer community to help improve their services for the benefit of the whole sector.

BIG Assist focuses on 5 aspects of your organisation to assess for needs and opportunities. Vouchers may be awarded to fill those gaps. Vouchers can be spent in the MarketPlace on approved experts, who provide support in a range of areas.

BIG Assist's peer to peer activity brings infrastructure organisations together through ConnectSpace and ShareSpace

The other programme, BIG Potential, launches in summer 2013. Exemplas, in partnership with Charity Bank, will deliver this £10 million support programme with the aim of helping to improve the sustainability, capacity and scale of VCSE organisations in order to deliver greater social impact.

As part of the Big Lottery Fund’s continued commitment to the development of the social investment market in England, Big Potential will provide much-needed support to help organisations achieve their full potential for growth.

The programme is aimed at VCSE organisations at the beginning of their social investment journey and has been designed to complement a range of other initiatives including the Cabinet Office’s Investment and Contract Readiness Fund delivered by the Social Investment Business Group.