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Invitation to Bid

31/10/2018 by ONE Lancashire


ONE Lancashire Limited is inviting bids from a suitably qualified and experienced individual or organisation to undertake a bespoke piece of research.

The research aims to inform the development of a new inclusive structure for the VCFSE in Lancashire to represent its interests and give it a strong voice. The attached brief is self-explanatory and the successful bidder will work as a consultant to ONE Lancashire supported by a sub group of ONE Lancashire members.


Download the Invitation to Bid



EU Funding – Big Lottery Opt-in – workshops open for booking

Following the briefing sessions which took place at the end of 2014. ONE Lancashire and Network for Europe are continuing to work with the Big Lottery Fund’s Building Better Opportunities programme to share information and work with Lancashire VCFSE organisations to get ready for the EU funding programmes starting in 2015.

Three Stage two workshops are planned as follows (only attend once):

  • Thursday 5th February 1300-1530 – Burnley Youth Theatre
  • Tuesday 24th February 13:30-16:00 – Trinity Hospice, Blackpool
  • Wednesday 25th March 10:00 – 12:30 – Salvation Army Preston

These workshops are aimed at organisations who have attended the initial briefings or read the relevant literature (available on this site)  and are up to date with where the EU funds are at, what the fund is looking for and feel that their project or organisation can deliver programmes in line with the European Social Fund priorities.


book preston workshop

If you are unsure whether to attend or need any further information regarding the EU programme, the Big Lottery Fund Opt-in or anything else, please get in touch with either

Alice Carline – ONE Lancashire –

John Hacking – Network for Europe –



Change for Good: Report of the Independent Commission on the future of local infrastructure

New report on local infrastructure

The Commission was set up by NAVCA in response to rising concern that local infrastructure membership could be left behind by the quickening pace of social, political, economic and technological change. The 20-strong Commission contained independent members from the private, public and voluntary sector, and included rural, urban, city and regional perspectives. It met between April and December 2014 and took over a quarter of a million words of evidence from local groups, infrastructure organisations and national experts. The starting point for the Commission was how local infrastructure will meet the ever-growing demand for support with shrinking resources.

The Commission found that infrastructure will be needed in some form as long as people come together to form voluntary organisations and community groups. But the Commission concluded that the infrastructure of the future is likely to be a much leaner enabler, broker and catalyst rather than necessarily a deliverer. A key message from the Commission was that if the message to funders is to invest, the message to infrastructure has to be to change. This must be a ‘something for something’ deal.

You can download the full report or a summary from the Navca website


ONE Lancashire working with Network for Europe win the Lancashire lot of  Programme Development Funding for Building Better Opportunities. 

The Big Lottery Fund is today awarding £630,000 of Lottery funding to 36 organisations across England to raise awareness within the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise(VCSE) sector of the opportunities available through the European Social Fund (ESF). The funded projects will provide advice and guidance on the European funding that will be matched by the Big Lottery Fund in their Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas and will be available from 2015.

ONE Lancashire has been successful in securing the project of work in Lancashire. Two awareness events have already been arranged in Preston on 18th November and Blackburn on 20th November. see details here

 Over the next few years the Big Lottery Fund plans to put up £260 million of National Lottery funding to match a similar figure from Europe, subject to sign off from the European Commission at the end of this year. Together, the matched funds will be used to tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.

The money from Europe comes from a new seven year cycle of European funding – the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) Growth programme, of which ESF is one part. It will support a wide range of projects including improving employability for the most disadvantaged, helping those with multiple and complex needs, improving financial literacy, and helping communities to overcome challenges in their lives.

Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund said: “Historically voluntary organisations have often found it difficult to access European funding. Through this development funding, we will help ensure there is widespread awareness of the opportunities available through the ESF, and will bring the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector together to discuss local needs already identified by LEPs and how best to tackle these priorities.” 

Below is a list of the 36 organisations who have been awarded the development grants.


LEP Area



Black Country

Black Country Consortium Limited


Cheshire and Warrington

Cheshire Community Foundation Limited


Coast to Capital

Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester (VAAC)


Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum


Coventry and Warwickshire

Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action



Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service


Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire

One East Midlands



Dorset Community Action


Enterprise M3

Surrey Community Action



Gloucestershire Rural Community Council


Greater Cambridge & Greater Peterborough

Big Society Funding Community Interest Company


Greater Lincolnshire

Urban Challenge Limited


Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations (GMCVO)


Heart of South West

South West Forum



Hertfordshire Community Foundation






ONE Lancashire Limited



Voluntary Action Leeds


Leicester and Leicestershire

LCCDA Management Co-Operative Limited


Liverpool City Region

Sefton Council for Voluntary Service



London Voluntary Service Council


New Anglia

Community Action Suffolk


North East

Voluntary Organisation Network North East (VONNE)



Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire



Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action


Sheffield City Region

Key Fund Investments Limited


South East

Basildon, Billericay and Wickford Council for Voluntary Service


South East Midlands

The Learning Partnership – Bedfordshire and Luton Limited


Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire

Staffordshire County Council


Swindon and Wiltshire

Community First


Tees Valley

Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency Limited


Thames Valley Berkshire

Reading Voluntary Action


The Marches

Shropshire Providers Consortium


West of England

Quartet Community Foundation



Vestia Community Trust


York, North Yorkshire & East Riding

Your Consortium Ltd


Further information about who has been awarded development funding in each LEP area and how you can contact them can be found on our website at