first_imgThe Big Lottery Fund is to make £5 million available to the BBC-led Breathing Places project, to be launched on BBC TWO’s Springwatch programme today. Wildlife and conservation organisations will be able to apply for this funding.Breathing Places is a partnership between wildlife and conservation organisations and the BBC to inspire a million people to get involved in creating and caring for thousands of wildlife-friendly green spaces in their local patch. Any voluntary or community sector organisation with experience of working the natural environment, or working in partnership with an organisation with this experience can apply for a Lottery-funded Breathing Places grant. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Big Lottery offers £5 million for wildlife-friendly green spaces  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Chair of the Big Lottery Fund Sir Clive Booth said: “We want this funding to have a real impact on the way communities think about and use the environment around them. It will, I hope, also raise the public’s awareness of the benefits that Lottery funding can bring.”The funding is launched as part of BBC’s Springwatch series of programmes, which is supporting Breathing Places by showing people how they can take small actions that make a big difference.A range of grants is available from the Big Lottery Fund of between £300 and £10,000 for improving or creating a public space – which can be anything from a community forest, park, local nature reserve or community garden – but it must be open to the public.There are two strands of funding within the Breathing Places grants programme. The closing date for the first is 26 July 2006, and the second strand opens for applications in October 2006. Howard Lake | 11 June 2006 | Newslast_img