Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations that deliver early years services in Walsall are invited to participate in a new £165m investment programme launched by the Big Lottery Fund.
The initiative, 'Fulfilling Lives: A Better Start' aims to deliver a step change in prevention for babies and young children from pregnancy to three years of age.
Walsall Council has been invited to submit an expression of interest (EOI) which is being facilitated by a working group including the Council, representatives from Public Health and Walsall Voluntary Action called "Walsall's Fulfilling Lives: A Better Start Co-ordinating Group".
It is now looking to work with an organisation from the Voluntary and Community Sector in a bid to win a share of the multi-million pound investment for the Borough.
The national initiative will focus on three main areas of child development: communication and language skills, social and emotional development and diet and nutrition for their first few years of life.
The Big Lottery Fund will make three to five awards nationally, of approximately £30m to £50m for up to eight to ten years. Each award will cover a specific deprived geographical area between 30,000 and 70,000 people. The funding will be awarded to a Voluntary & Community Sector partnership.
The successful areas will be selected by March 2014 and the first stage of the selection process involves inviting interested local organisations to complete an expression of interest.
Organisations who are interested in being a lead applicant or a partner in this initiative in Walsall can download an information pack here:
The Expression of Interest form must be completed and returned to Sue Cox by 12 noon on Monday 18 February 2013 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like more information please about the selection process please contact Sue Cox on 01922 658365.
For more information on Fulfilling Lives; A Better Start please visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/betterstart