Dharmendra Kanani

Dharmendra Kanani

Dharmendra Kanani is England director for the Big Lottery Fund, a position he moved into in 2010 after a spell as the Fund’s director for Scotland.

Before joining BIG Dharmendra was head of the Commission for Racial Equality Scotland and later the director of Countries, Regions and Communities GB-wide during which he restructured its regional matrix; introduced Country Committees; developed the Commission's approach and policy to faith; youth, gypsy traveller, asylum and immigration issues; concieved and delivered Getting Results - outcome funding for racial equality bodies and established the Safe Communnities initiative.

Until 1999 he was a director of racial equality bodies in Scotland and London.


He has chaired a number of voluntary community organisations in Scotland and London, and set up various community organisations dealing with employment training, youth mentoring, community advocacy and social housing.

Dharmendra has been an adviser to several statutory and voluntary organisations, the Scottish Executive and Whitehall ministerial groups. He is the chair of the Scotland Funders’ Forum, and a board member of several arts bodies in Scotland.

 

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Nicola Hughes, senior researcher at the Institute for Government

A year-long study of the relationship between Whitehall policy-making and frontline public service delivery by charities has identified five “fundamental disconnects” between policy and practice.

Dharmendra Kanani, England director of the Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund and the Institute of Government have formed a partnership aimed at influencing government policy.

Dharmendra Kanani, England director, BIG

The Cabinet Office and Big Lottery Fund have today announced a £65m transition fund for advice charities affected by cuts to legal aid and other advice service budgets.

Dharmendra Kanani, England director, Big Lottery Fund

Value for money and collaboration are key to recieving grants from BIG's Reaching Communities programme, says England director Dharmendra Kanani.

Dharmendra Kanani, England Director, Big Lottery Fund

Dharmendra Kanani has some big ideas for change. People Powered Change. The director of England for the Big Lottery Fund talks to Celina Ribeiro about the new philosophy that will underpin how the lottery distributor devises and delivers funding in the future.

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