If you are applying to the People & Places programme or if you’ve been awarded funding through the programme you can access additional support from Better Bids.

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The Better Bids team is part of Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA). Through a contract with Big Lottery Fund we are here to provide help and advice to:

Applicants invited to continue to the stage two application

Existing grant holders selected for additional support  

Better Bids mean better projects for applicants


Help is given to organisations of all shapes and sizes in developing stage two applications and we work flexibly with you to meet your needs.  We do this through:


  • a dedicated officer to help you develop your application and get to grips with the application process
  • up to 5 hours face to face support
  • unlimited email and telephone support
  • full reviews of your draft application
  • classroom/online workshops and website resources
  • free bilingual helpline

With six months to develop your application the clock is ticking. The sooner you contact us, the more time we have to work with you so please get in touch.

Big Lottery Fund's People and Places programme can fund either capital and/or revenue projects of up to £1milion, over a period of up to five years.  As one of the major funders across the UK, the Big Lottery Fund provides life changing opportunities for thousands of people and through the People and Places programme awards approximately 19.8million to Wales based projects every year.

Grant holders can get FREE specialist consultancy support to help make your organisation stronger

As part of the new People & Places support contract the Big Lottery Fund have set aside a pot of money to help strengthen capacity and skills within funded organisations.  This means you could access consultancy support across a whole range of areas, not necessarily directly linked to your People & Places project, which will ultimately help strengthen your organisation.