Supporting Change and Impact enabled grant-holders to sustain the benefits of projects funded under BIG’s Changing Spaces Programme which supports people and communities most in need.
Supporting Change and Impact funding was available for work contributing to the legacy of existing Access to Nature projects that met the eligibility criteria of the funding. Projects needed to evidence their outcomes by ensuring that: “Mechanisms are in place to ensure the benefits of the project will be sustained longer term, after funding from Natural England ends”.
Eligible projects could apply for up to £10,000 revenue grant to cover the costs of reviewing the work of their initial project, share learning and promote their achievements. Funding must be spent in the final 12 months of the project, or within six months of the Supporting Change award date, whichever is later.
Supporting Impact funding was awarded to a number of projects that successfully secured Supporting Change funding at up to an equivalent value of the final 12 months revenue project funding of their current grant. Grant-holders can spend this in their existing final year, or extend their project for up to 12 months, but not beyond 30 April 2014.
Grant-holders were asked to demonstrate that their project has made an outstanding difference to the lives of people most in need and have clear plans to achieve lasting benefits after the Supporting Impact grant ends.
Supporting Change funding could be applied for on its own or both Supporting Change and Supporting Impact funding together. Supporting Impact funding could not be applied for in isolation as every project was required to develop longer term plans to become more sustainable.
Competition for Supporting Change and Impact funding was strong with applications requesting over £4m in total. As a result, the Award Panel had some difficult decisions to make as many of the applications were of excellent quality.
In total 52 projects were awarded Supporting Change funding, with 12 of those being awarded the additional Supporting Impact funding. Details of all SCI grants awarded: (23kb)