The big news this quarter is that they’re really excited to be able to update you on decisions about extending BBO!

The Big Lottery Fund Board met on Tuesday 25th and agreed to put further Lottery investment into Building Better Opportunities (BBO). they are currently planning to extend some existing BBO projects, either providing more time to spend existing underspend or providing additional funding for continued delivery beyond your current end date.

Now that a decision has been confirmed, they are beginning to review the existing projects. Your Funding Officer will contact you in the near future to discuss whether your project(s) meet the criteria for extension and discuss the next steps.

Updates to the guidance since our last roundup:

  • Changes to Article 125 testing
  • Section 9 of the Guide to delivering European funding, Publicity – Updated to reflect the clarification of logo size; requirement to send drafts of all materials has been removed
  • Section 1 of the Guide to delivering European Funding – Updated to reflect the importance of using the Guide together with other documents produced to support the delivery of European Social Fund projects.
  • Annex N – Following the update on participant costs in the July 2018 Quarterly Roundup we have now amended Annex N Participant expenses, allowances and incentives form. Version 8.0 has been updated to enable participants to confirm that all items are exclusively for BBO use, and asks project workers to consider the value for money of participant expenses. In addition, the declaration has been updated to align with changes previously made in annex H.

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