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

Support

The BBO ESF Support team provides support on working under ESF rules and regulations including eligibility, actual costs, record-keeping, data reporting, publicity and cross-cutting themes for the BIG Lottery Fund’s Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme.

The purpose of this support is to increase the capability of organisations to handle European funds, both under the current BBO programme and in the future. For queries about Building Better Opportunities applications or grants, please contact your BBO Funding Officer if you have one, or esf@biglotteryfund.org.uk

Latest News

From 20th May, the BBO ESF Helpline will no longer be available for your BBO queries. For queries about Building Better Opportunities applications or grants, please contact your BBO Funding Officer if you have one, or...

Rachel Brackwell and Russell Peacock ran the Cross Cutting Themes Webinar on 6th May. Find the recording in the resources section of this website.

Join the cross-cutting themes webinar on Friday 6th May where we'll be providing some useful prompts for Stage 2 projects in developing plans for cross-cutting themes.  We will cover Equal Opportunities and Gender Equality, and Sustainable...

Join Russell Peacock and Kate Heywood for the Actual Costs Webinar. This webinar is intended to provide some useful promots for projects in developing systems for recording and...

The Big Lottery Fund Building Better Opportunities ESF Manual is now available. We have produced this manual to provide guidance on the requirements of ESF funding. It aims to help you develop procedures to suit your organisation and partnership...

Diary Dates: Webinars for Stage 2 applicants  ESF Actual Costs – Friday 29th April, 11.30am  Cross-cutting Themes – Friday 6th May, 2.30pm  ESF Project Evaluation – Thursday 26th May, 11.00am.  Invitations to...

On 18th April, 32 organisations joined Rachel Brackwell and Kate Heywood to learn more about document retention for their BBO ESF project. Listen to the recording now.

ESF Project Tracking Systems Webinar

This webinar was recorded and uploaded on Mar 21 2016. It lasts around 35 minutes.

Watch the webinar here

On 26 October Baker Tilly will be changing its name to RSM. This is to align the firm with other RSM member firms around the world creating a global brand and a professional services network with more than 37,000 partners and staff in more than...

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...