Big Assist voucher awards increase to £15,000

Big-Assist-Logo1Big Assist is a programme designed to support infrastructure organisations, such as local community service organisations, volunteer centres and rural community councils, based in England, to be more efficient, effective, sustainable and better able to adapt to the current and future operating environment.

The programme is delivered under contract to the Big Lottery Fund by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

BIG Assist is pleased to announce some important changes to the programme, based on feedback from customers over the past 12 months:

• Increasing voucher awards for infrastructure organisations up to a maximum of £15,000

• Allowing customers who have successfully finished a programme of support to reapply for a further voucher

• Investing more in our sponsored visits which have proved popular among recipients

Feedback to Big Assist has indicated that for some, a larger amount would help create a greater lasting impact on the organisation. The Big Lottery Fund have agreed that for the next phase of the pilot the maximum voucher award will be increased from £7,000 to £15,000. Big Assist hope this will encourage more organisations to sign up for the programme and benefit from the wide range of support on offer.

Organisations who have successfully finished a programme of support can reapply for a further voucher, recognising that many infrastructure organisations could benefit from several different strands of support.

Telephone support and information is available Monday to Friday 9.30am–5pm on 020 7520 2418 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For all  the details of how to apply (or reapply):