Delivering employment projects

This guide is intended to support organisations that are applying for funding to deliver projects under the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Building Better Opportunities’ programme.

Building Better Opportunities (BBO) is matching funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) in order to tackle poverty, promote social inclusion and drive local jobs and growth. To apply for BBO funding, organisations need to respond to a ‘project outline’ published on the Big Lottery website. This also includes the important dates and other information about the programme. This is a guide only. Using the content of this guide is not mandatory and it should not be used in isolation to develop any BBO application. Whether or not you choose to use elements of the guide to inform the design of your project is entirely at your discretion. 

Chapter 1 sets out important context in employment interventions – looking at the labour market challenges, the role and breadth of local and national support, and how we  understand ‘what works’ in supporting people to move towards and into work. Chapters 2 to 4 then look at different elements of delivering your project: including project design and delivery, what we deliver for participants, what works for particular disadvantaged groups and employer engagement.