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Reaching Out - Empowering Young People. Agenda 2.15 pm Introduction Overview of Reaching Out: Empowering Young People Overview of other Big Lottery Fund programmes 3.15pm Q & A Session 3.30 pm Networking / opportunity for discussion with BIG staff

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Reaching Out - Empowering Young People


2.15 pm Introduction

  • Overview of Reaching Out: Empowering Young People

  • Overview of other Big Lottery Fund programmes

    3.15pm Q & A Session

    3.30 pm Networking / opportunity for discussion with BIG staff

    4.00 pm FINISH

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Big Lottery Fund


The Big Lottery Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and to the lives of people most in need.

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Reaching Out – Empowering Young PeopleProgramme Outcome

More young people at risk have the necessary support structures, capacity, improved personal development and improved skills to help them negotiate the transitions in their lives.

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Reaching Out – Empowering Young People

  • Budget £20m

  • Northern Ireland wide

  • Programme launched 22nd June 2010

  • Open for two years

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Reaching Out – Empowering Young People

  • Focus on young people aged between 8 and 20

  • Projects last from three to five years

  • Involve young people in designing, developing and running projects

  • Target young people ‘at risk’

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Reaching Out – Empowering Young People

‘At risk’ means young people who are:

  • In care, leaving care or who have been in care

  • Engaging, or at risk of engaging, in criminal activity

  • Disengaged from education

    The projects we fund must target at least one of these ‘at

    risk’ groups.

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Beneficiary and Community Involvement

  • Identifying the need

  • Planning the project

  • Designing the project

  • Delivery

  • Monitoring

  • Evaluation

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Overall aim

Young people in care will be

positively engaged in the community

Intended outcomes

An extra 70 young people in care will be

involved in community activity annually


  • 20 young care leavers trained as peer support volunteers by March 2010

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Reaching Out – Empowering Young People

Who can apply?

Voluntary or community organisations

Grant sizes:


to £500,000

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Programme Guidance

  • Available on our Website:

  • Guidance Notes

  • Questions and Answers

  • Application Walk Through

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Revenue costs

  • Eligible revenue costs e.g. salaries of project workers

  • Overheads (full cost recovery)

  • Ineligible revenue costs e.g. loans

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Capital costs

  • Eligible capital costs e.g. minor refurbishment and equipment necessary for the delivery of the project

  • Ineligible costs e.g. routine maintenance and leaseholds

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Reaching OutHow to apply

Two stage process:

  • Outline Proposal Form - Decision within 20 days

    2. Full Application Form - Decision within six months

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Outline Proposal Form

  • This is a decision stage, so plan it well

  • You can only submit one Outline Proposal Form at a time

  • We will check if your organisation is eligible to apply

  • We will check that your initial project costs are eligible

  • We will identify if your project meets the programme outcome

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Outline Proposal Form(continued)

  • Have you identified and involved the At Risk groups?

  • Are they involved in the planning, delivery and day to day running of the project?

  • Provide clear, recent evidence of need (e.g. audits, research, pilot projects, statistics, evaluations)

  • Provide recent evidence of consultation (e.g. surveys, focus groups, public meetings)

  • Provide outcomes that clearly show the difference your project will make to the At Risk groups

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How will we respond to the Outline Proposal Form


  • An invitation to submit a full application plus:

  • Outline of areas of concern and suggestions for improvements to your project, which you will need to address in your full application form

  • Capital check list (if applicable)

  • Full application form


  • An explanation as to why we have decided not to invite you to submit a full application.

  • If unsuccessful, you must wait three months before submitting another OPF

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Completing the Full Application

Make sure you consider:

  • Project planning, including beneficiaries

  • Project budget/costs

  • Relevant policies and procedures – see “Equality Matters” and “Good Governance Guide”

  • Need for the project and how the project will address that need

  • How the project will achieve its outcomes, milestones and fulfil monitoring requirements

  • How the project meets the programme outcome

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Completing the Full Application (continued)

  • Application Forms will not be accepted unless preceded by a successful Outline Proposal Form

  • We will check to see that you have taken on board the feedback provided at Outline Proposal Stage

  • Your project must not have changed significantly from the project you proposed in your Outline Proposal Form

  • Enclose your most recent approved annual accounts

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Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • The proposed project outcomes meet an identified need and help achieve the programme outcome

  • The organisation can deliver the project well and achieve the proposed project outcomes

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Decision Making Committee

Decision Making Meetings at regular intervals

Young People involved

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Closing date mid-October

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After we have assessed your application

  • Successful applicants must be in a position to begin the project within 6 months of accepting their offer

  • Unsuccessful applicants will be told why they were unsuccessful

  • Organisations can only hold one grant from this programme

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Development and Support

  • Grant holders’ seminars

  • Post award development and support will be available

  • Focus on supporting learning, collaboration and sustainability

  • Support for new technologies for virtual networking

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Help and Assistance

  • Big Lottery Fund Enquiry Line

  • Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA)

  • Community Evaluation Northern Ireland (CENI)

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Other Programmes

  • Reaching Out: Connecting Older People - Other programme in the Reaching Out suite

  • Awards For All

  • Healthy Minds

  • Energy Efficient Venues

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UK open programmes

  • Heroes Return (UK wide)

  • Community Wildlife (UK wide)

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NI Programmes coming up

  • Impact of Alcohol

  • Space and Place

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Big Lottery Fund

1 Cromac Quay

Cromac Wood

Ormeau Road

Belfast BT7 2JD

Email: [email protected]

Contact the Information Team

Tel: 028 9055 1455

Fax: 028 9055 1445

Textphone: 028 9055 1431

More information