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The government's new Transition Fund for charities, voluntary and community sector organisations, and social enterprises affected by cuts to public spending has opened for applications.

Administered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of the Office for Civil Society (OCS), the £100 million programme is offering grants of between £12,500 and £500,000 to eligible organisations in England.

Applicants are only eligible for the financial support if they meet six eligibility criteria. Recipient organisations must have an annual income of between £50,000 and £10 million. The application process will close on 21 January 2011.

Opportunities for play sector providers

Commenting on the funding, Steven Chown, Play England programme manager, said: 'There has been an unprecedented growth in community-led play provision in recent years. But, despite their successes and popularity with children, many projects are facing an uncertain future because of budget reductions by local authorities and other public bodies.

'The Transition Fund is an opportunity for community groups, voluntary managed adventure playgrounds and play associations to prepare for the future and look at new ways of delivering local play services. Play England would urge play providers who can demonstrate the huge difference they can make to children and families to find out if they are eligible.'

Regional briefing events

Big Lottery Fund is holding a series of regional briefing events in December covering the application process and eligibility criteria. Due to space constraints, registration is limited to one person per organisation. Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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For more information about the Transition Fund and the regional briefings, visit: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/transitionfund?tab=1&

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