Infrastructure: the Big LotteryFund’s perspective Dan Paskins, Senior Policy and Learning Manager, Big Lottery Fund
The story so far...• Substantial investment in the past through BASIS• Co-ordinated with and additional to government• Transforming Local Infrastructure• Building Capabilities for Impact and Legacy discussion paper• Lots of ways in which infrastructure supports BIG
Initial reflections fromBuilding Capabilities• NOT a comprehensive analysis• “Postcode lottery” – substantial local variations• Divergent views about the value of infrastructure• Small ‘below the radar’ + new groups• Lots of innovation• Key role of local government
Things which BIG won’t doin future• Important areas which we can’t fund – influencing local authorities; support for delivering public services• Large, multi year grants to infrastructure organisations• Funding mapping exercises, toolkits...
Assist• Expert support for local and specialist support providers• More peer to peer support to share learning• Online ‘support menu’• Diagnostic assessments• Bulk of funding ‘demand-led’
Questions for the discussiona) Important to demonstrate your impact to frontline voluntary organisations (do they understand the value of infrastructure?)b) If there was one thing BIG could do to help your organisation, what would it be?c) If there were no infrastructure organisations in your area, what would be different for BIG?