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Building Better Opportunities is jointly funded by the
Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.


Changes to ESF guidance may occur at any time. We will endeavour to maintain the currency of all our guidance, though please be aware that as secondary sources they may not be as up to date as the original sources quoted. You can find a log of changes to our guidance here.

  • Questions and Answers

    Audit, Cross Cutting Themes, Data Requirements, Eligibility, Management, Publicity

    The BIG Lottery Fund have released a web page containing all Questions and Answers which can be found here.

  • Points to Consider: Audit


    Building Better Opportunities projects may be subject to audit by the European Commission, National Audit Office, DWP and/or bodies appointed by the Big Lottery Fund.  Any project funded by ESF can be selected at random for audit, up to ten years following completion.This document sets out things for you to consider with regards to audit of your BBO project.

  • D2N2 Technical Workshop presentation

    Audit, Management, Publicity

    Russell Peacock, Associate Director at Ecorys UK, delivered the below presentation at the D2N2 Building Better Opportunities Technical Workshop on Wednesday 24th June.  Hosted by One East Midlands, the one day technical workshop aimed to deliver up-to-date information and advice to potential lead applicants on preparing for monitoring and audit.

    The presentation by Ecorys UK provided more detail about the BBO programme and focused upon the key considerations necessary to effectively apply for and manage the requirements of BBO, including:

    • ESF eligibility and financial requirements
    • EU Promotion and Procurement rules