Voucher awards increase up to £15,000

BIG Assist* is pleased to announce some important changes to the programme, based on feedback from customers over the past 12 months. As from today we will be:

• Increasing voucher awards for infrastructure organisations up to a maximum of £15,000

• Allowing customers who have successfully finished a programme of support to reapply for a further voucher

• Investing more in our sponsored visits which have proved popular among recipients

Justin Davis Smith, Executive Director at NCVO, said:

“BIG Assist has been delivering much-needed support to infrastructure organisations in new ways and, as with all new programmes, we feel it is important to reflect on the learning during the pilot and to make changes and adjustments to maximise take-up and impact.

Feedback to-date tells us that many organisations have benefited from the voucher awards, but that for some, a larger amount would help create a greater lasting impact on the organisation. We have listened to this feedback and have agreed with the Big Lottery Fund that for the next phase of the pilot the maximum voucher award will be increased from £7,000 to £15,000. We hope this will encourage more organisations to sign up for the programme and benefit from the wide range of support on offer.

We will also allow organisations who have successfully finished a programme of support to reapply for a further voucher, recognising that many infrastructure organisations are telling us that they could benefit from several different strands of support”.

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We provide telephone support and information Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5pm on 020 7520 2418 or you can email us on assist@ncvo.org.uk

* Big Assist is a programme designed to support infrastructure organisations, such as local community service organisations, volunteer centres and rural community councils, based in England, to be more efficient, effective, sustainable and better able to adapt to the current and future operating environment . The programme is delivered under contract to the Big Lottery Fund by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).