The Reaching Communities Fund

Reaching Communities is a £75 million Big Lottery fund for land and buildings projects in disadvantaged areas. According to the FAQs the fund is targeted at deprived areas due to significant demand, therefore applicants requesting more than £100,000 must be based in one of the 20% most deprived LSOAs in England based on the Indices of Deprivation. 

The size and scope of the fund makes it likely that local policymakers are well aware of places in their wards that could qualify – for example Wakefield’s IMD report makes a point of noting eligible areas.

Here’s an example of the type of projects that communities can set up with help from the fund:


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