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Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in All |

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