The Big Lottery Fund has announced grants of nearly £18 million for 400 advice organisations across England. The grants for the 'Advice Plus' programme is being distributed through 39 grants to advice organisations working in partnership.
The funding programme is designed to support projects which support the most disadvantaged communities through provision of advice services concentrating on legal advice, and which support people to access the services and benefits they may be entitled to.
The projects were able to apply for grants up to £500,000 for capital and revenue projects lasting up to five years.
Sanjay Dighe, Chair of Big Lottery Fund England Committee said, “Over 400 organisations will now be able to develop their essential legal advice services that so many more people now need, covering areas such as housing, employment, debt and welfare benefits".
The Liverpool Advice Alliance is one recipient. It will receive £499,986 for a three-year project co-ordinated by Liverpool Specialist Advice Services involving 16 partners across the City of Liverpool. The project will create a co-ordinated and uniform referral signposting system for generalist and specialist advice.