BIG set out their aims and priorities up to 2015
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has published its strategic framework refresh. This sets out the principles that will inform BIG’s work and the funding priorities that will guide them up to 2015. The refresh document includes BIG’s fundamental principles, their key priorities for funding and new and emerging issues. The document follows on from the new policy directions for BIG, published by the Cabinet Office recently. It also includes how BIG reduce admin costs, as all lottery funders have been asked to reduce their core admin costs to five per cent by 2014.
Joe Irvin, NAVCA’s Chief Executive, said:
“The Big Lottery Fund is a respected and trusted funder of charities, voluntary organisations and community groups. Its reputation is built on a sound understanding of their needs and those of the communities they serve. This new strategic framework is a good response to the times. BIG is right to make those most in greatest need their first priority. We would expect no less.”
“What really pleases NAVCA is that building stronger organisations has been made a key priority. It demonstrates what we have known for a long time; that BIG values the work of NAVCA members. It is a recognition that the work of charities that help and support other charities is central to the achievement of BIG’s aims and objectives.”
“We understand why BIG has been asked to reduce its admin costs to five per cent – like anyone we want the maximum amount of money spent on helping people. However, it is worth saying that BIG has been extremely good at using its administrative capacity to help people and groups with applications for funding and encouraging bids from people and places that have been less successful in the past. We would be deeply concerned if the reduction in admin costs reduced it ability to continue this exemplary approach.”
Read BIG's new strategic framework (takes you to BIG's website)