The National Lottery’s Big Lottery Fund is asking organisations and individuals across the UK for ideas on how it should allocate over £2 billion through its grant funding programmes between 2009 and 2015.
The Big thinking for the Big Lottery Fund consultation process was launched yesterday by Mark Foster, Olympic swimmer and Strictly Come Dancing star, and will in London on 21st and 26th January 2009.
Foster said it was “really important that everyone has the chance to have their say in where the Lottery good causes cash is spent, it’s made up of their Lottery contributions after all, and now is your chance to do just that. Think about where you would like Lottery money spent and have your say!”’
In addition to the face-to-face events, feedback is welcome via an online consultation at www.big-thinking.org.uk, where there are also blogs and videos.
Sir Clive Booth, UK Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “We must ensure that BIG can make the best possible contribution to communities and people most in need over the next six years.”
”The financial turmoil of the past weeks has been unsettling for communities across the country. But we can be sure there will be a profound impact on many communities and families, psychological as well as material. This makes our Big thinking consultation even more important. Now is the best time to make your voices heard and help influence how BIG’s Lottery money is awarded.”