Dawn Austwick, CEO of BIG

Big Lottery Fund reviews process for soliciting bids

22 Aug 2014 | Tania Mason

The Big Lottery Fund is reviewing the practice of soliciting bids for projects, such as its £1m grant to the Big Society Network charity for Britain’s Personal Best.


Big Lottery Fund reviews process for soliciting bids

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Multi-million match fund again on Big Give

The BigGive is launching another match funding challenge, this time putting a record £3m up for grabs. Charities have until June 27 to apply to become one of 250 charities eligible to benefit from the match funding challenge, which will become active on December 7.

Making the most of a moment

I have been known to say out loud that I think charities don't always capitalise on current affairs as well as they might, so today I would like to hail the British Heart Foundation.

Not a blog about Michael Jackson

On a day that even the Iranian uprising has been relegated to the inside pages of high-end newspapers, it's important to remember those stories that get lost in the news cycle.

Hardship fund for arts twice as big as government's sector programme

Arts Council England has unleashed a recession hardship fund for the arts worth double the value of that released by the Government for the entire voluntary sector in the Budget last week. A £40m grants programme has been opened up by the Council for artists and arts organisations struggling as a result of the recession. It follows the unveiling of a £20m hardship fund for the sector as a whole released as part of the Budget last Wednesday, 22 April; a fund which divided opinion among charities.

Great news, I have a terrible fondness for Sir Terry, he really has his heart in the right place, they fund some great stuff, their evaluation reporting really has become cutting edge.

» Children in Need 2013 raises record-breaking £50m

Personality-led philanthropy for family business

The personality of a charity's leader is as critical to philanthropic decision-making by family businesses as the organisation's charitable mission, according to new research. Commissioned by the Institute for Family Business and the Community Foundation Network the Natural Philanthropists: Family Business Philanthropy and Social Responsibility Inquiry examines the philanthropic and corporate social responsibility habits of family businesses in the UK.

BIG trains grants managers to spot potential insolvencies

The Big Lottery Fund has devised a training course for its staff to help them identify potential insolvency cases, in order to reduce the number of grants that need to be written off. The ‘Indicators of Potential Insolvency’ course is being piloted in Newcastle and London this week and next, and grantmaking staff from other trusts and foundations that are members of the Association of Charitable Foundations are welcome to attend too, for free.

Comic Relief announces new funding strategy

Clearer targets and more tangible goals are among the key themes of a new funding strategy by Comic Relief released today. The organisation, which this year collected £78m on Red Nose Day in donations, is keen that funding recipients set clear goals in the future, so it can report back to donors on whether or not targets are reached.

University fundraising ramps up with match funding

Universities have stepped up their fundraising efforts in response to the government’s match funding programme, according to a report by Universities UK. Telephone campaigning has been enthusiastically adopted across universities in the UK according to the Gifts that Grow report, which highlights the growth of university fundraising and pushes for greater public acceptance of the idea of donating to higher education.

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