Your burning questions – May update

Our BIG Advice Team receive up to 900 enquiries every month. We’re on hand to offer advice to applicants before they apply. Here we answer three of the most recent burning questions:

Can Investing in Ideas fund a feasibility study?

Yes, as a basis it can. It has to be a feasibility study to explore a new idea or a new way of working. This means it cannot fund existing ideas or existing ways of working.

Page 10 of our Guidance notes has a full list of what can and cannot be funded.

We are interested in applying to Growing Community Assets. Do we need to own the asset or can it be on a lease?

It must be owned. The focus of this fund is for communities to have ownership and control of an asset. In turn, a lease does not meet thiFree_Halloween3 250x250s focus.

The community does not need to own it when you apply though. It should nonetheless be the ultimate goal.

You can find out more about the requirements for Growing Community Assets in our Guidance notes.

What is the aim of Communities and Families Fund?

It is to help local projects which help families and communities to give children the best start in life. This is for working with pre-birth to eight years of age.

You can find out more about applying on our website.

Tips on applying

Applying for funding is very competitive. As part of this, we have hints and tips that can potentially increase your chances of being successful. This month’s top tips are for Young Start.

You can watch Adele’s hints and tips for applying for project benefitting 8 to 24 year olds. If you are a sports group applying to Young Start, you might find this useful as well.

If you have any other questions about our funding, you can go to Ask BIG, where we give you answers to other commonly asked questions.

Alternatively, if you can’t find your answer at Ask BIG, you can email us at

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