Building Capabilities for Impact and Legacy - new report
31 October 2012
BIG published a discussion paper, Building Capabilities for Impact and Legacy, in December 2011 about how they can help voluntary organisations to build their skills, confidence and capabilities. This latest report summarises the responses to that paper and details the next steps that BIG will take with their Building Capabilities for Impact and Legacy framework.
Their framework supports their mission to ensure that Lottery funding bring improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need by building the capabilities of voluntary and community organisations. They drew on learning from a wide range of sources about capability building in developing our framework. A key strategic lesson was to be clear about the purpose of spending Lottery money to build the skills and confidence of voluntary and community groups and social enterprises.
Over the period up to 2015, BIG will focus on providing ‘pre grant’ and ‘in grant’ support for organisations linked to their funding initiatives. The aim of pre grant support is to focus on those groups which work with the communities most in need or of importance to their strategic impact or which have great ideas, but need to develop their skills, systems and confidence in some way before they can fund them. This will mean that they receive better quality proposals, and hence maximise the impact of funding.
In grant support is to develop the capabilities of organisations while they are receiving grant funding from BIG. This will not only enhance their ability to deliver the projects successfully, but also make them more effective and able to sustain their work even after their grant finishes. BIG will focus on three areas where in grant support can make the biggest difference – supporting organisations to engage in continuous improvement of their organisational capabilities; responding to crisis; and planning for the future after their BIG grant finishes.
Building Capabilities for Impact and Legacy report
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