Building Better Opportunities

Building Better Opportunities is the name that Big Lottery Fund have given to their Opt-In programme under Thematic Objective 9 (Social Inclusion) of the ESIF programme

Big Lottery Fund (BIG)  are using some of their own funds to provide match funding to part of the  European Social Fund (ESF) programme for 2014-2020, to provide joint investment through the Opt-In mechanism local projects that aim to tackle the root causes of poverty, promote social inclusion and drive local jobs and growth. Although BIG have promoted it as a national programme, what will actually be funded differs from one LEP area to another, and in fact BBO will not be delivered in all LEP areas.

In Leeds City Region, two strands were identified in the ESIF Strategy for delivery through the BIG Opt-In, and these have been further developed through the LEP’s Sounding Groups process. The two strands are:

  • Marginalised and vulnerable migrants programme

  • Early Intervention programme

The calls for these programmes have now gone out; the vulnerable migrants programme is a single call covering the whole LCR ESIF area, while the early intervention programme has gone out as three calls for the combined district areas of Bradford/Leeds, Calderdale/Kirklees/Wakefield and Craven/Harrogate/Selby/York. See the Calls page for further information.

Please note that the BBO programme is not a simple grants pot that organisations can bid into on an individual basis, but a competitive bidding programme that will result in a single strategic grant in response to each call; organisations will therefore need to work in partnership in order to access this funding.

Organisations who are interested in being involved in the delivery of either of these strands, as a lead bidder or delivery partner, are recommended to register on our Partner Finder page.

Further information can be found on the BIG website about the BBO programme nationally and the LCR element. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.


This page updated 9/11/15