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Funding

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how much funding the Community Fund has (a) committed and (b) distributed since its creation; (273982)

(2) how much funding the Big Lottery Fund has (a) committed and (b) distributed since its creation.

[holding answer 8 May 2009]: The Big Lottery Fund has advised that from 1 December 2006, when it was legally created from the merger of the Community Fund, New Opportunities Fund and Millennium Commission it has awarded £1,898 million and distributed £1,433 million to grant recipients.

The distribution includes outstanding payments to Community Fund, New Opportunities Fund and Millennium Commission grant holders.

In the period from the Community Fund’s inception in 1993 until 30 November 2006, it awarded £3,863 million and distributed £2,926 million to grant recipients.

The Community Fund’s first grants were awarded in October 1995, following their legal creation in 1993. Many Community Fund projects are still in management and delivering benefits to communities. They therefore are still drawing money down from their grant allocation.