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Big Lottery Fund is matching funds from European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 in order to support projects that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion. The funding will be delivered in Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas according to local priorities. At the time of writing 37 of the 39 LEP areas in England intend to work with Big Lottery Fund.

Building Better Opportunities (BBO) was launched on Friday 5 June with the publication of the tranche 1 project outlines which includes those related to Hertfordshire. Each project outline provides a description of one funding opportunity available. The wide range of projects will include providing help for those with multiple and complex needs, improve employability for the most disadvantaged, as well as improving their financial literacy.

The first competitive application stage is now open. Grant competitions are fair, open and competitive and any organisation is eligible to apply, however most of the projects will be better suited to partnership working. Full details of all the project outlines in this round are available at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/esf.The closing date for tranche 1 bids is Monday August 3rd 2015.