Reaching Communities is an exciting new 'Big Lottery Fund' programme that will provide funding to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need across England.
The programme aims to fund projects which respond to needs identified by communities, and actively involve them. These include geographic communities and also communities with shared interests, such as people with poor mental health. Reaching Communities wishes to help those most in need including those who are hard to reach. Support will be given to projects which best meet their communities' needs.
The programme is aiming towards:
- people having better chances in life, including being able to get better access to training and development to improve their life skills
- strong communities, with more active citizens, working together to tackle their problems
- improved rural and urban environments, which communities are better able to access and enjoy
- healthier and more active people and communities.
The three-year programme, launched in December 2005, will make up to £100 million available in 2006-07, with future budgets being set annually.
Find out more at The Big Lottery Fund