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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.

  • Actual Costs Webinar

    Management, Webinars

    Join Russell Peacock and Kate Heywood for the Actual Costs Webinar. You can also download the slides and notes below.

  • Questions from Document Retention Webinar

    Data Requirements, Management, Webinars

    This document includes the questions asked during the Document Retention Webinar on 18th April and our responses.

  • 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.

  • 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