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Big Lottery Fund launches £200m fund for community groups

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Wed, 14/07/2010

The Big Lottery Fund will launch a new £200m grant fund for neighbourhood-based community groups later this month, media reports say.

The fund, called Big Local, will award grants to voluntary groups in 50 geographical areas, Third Sector magazine reported.

Peter Wanless, chief executive of the BLF, said the money would be awarded to groups that had been overlooked for funding in the past and that involved local residents in decision-making.

Wanless also told Third Sector he planned to meet Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, over plans to cut the BLF's share of good cause lottery funding from 50% to 40%, and said charities should respond to consultation on the issue by 21st August.

(Source: WRC enews 13 July 2010)