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Reaching Communities Scheme

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of funding from the Reaching Communities Scheme has gone to projects in (a) rural areas and (b) urban areas. (213450)

The fund does not distinguish between urban and rural areas in awarding and recording these grants.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance is provided on funding of programmes in rural areas when deciding on grants from the Reaching Communities Scheme. (213451)

Reaching Communities is managed by the Big Lottery Fund, which does not provide any specific guidance to applicants in rural areas but does work with partner or helper organisations to ensure that those groups who experience barriers to participation will be able to develop projects for funding from the programme. Regional information is also provided to committee members who are involved in considering applications.