Reaching Communities

Reaching Communities

As a social sector consultancy, Eastside Primetimers is available as a support provider for Reaching Communities grant winners and applicants.

Reaching Communities is a programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund (previously known as Big Lottery), which offers grants between £10,000 and £500,000. Their grants are aimed at helping organisations act on and learn from their ideas for making positive change in their communities, whether that’s changing places and spaces, building stronger relationships, or tackling the root causes of social problems. Successful organisations can also apply for an additional development grant of up to £15,000 to build their capabilities. You can find out more from Big Lottery about how to apply for a grant here or call them on 03454 102030.

How we can help with your Reaching Communities project?

Eastside Primetimers has supported more than 30 organisations to make the most of the learning and organisational development opportunities provided by Reaching Communities funding. We can help at whatever stage you are, whether you’re considering applying to the fund, have just received funding or are part-way through a project and keen to take stock of what has been achieved and learnt.

Our services are focused on organisational development and bespoke monitoring and evaluation. These include:

  • Facilitating organisational strength reviews or supporting delivery of priorities identified through reviews
  • Support to frame evaluation plans and specifications geared to gaining maximum learning from Reaching Communities while also meeting wider organisational objectives, e.g. to explore new business opportunities, expand partnerships, better understand costs and benefits or raise standards of impact measurement and management. We may be willing to invest time upfront in supporting the development of your application in this area.
  • Support to build internal evaluation capabilities, including facilitating reflection on the evidence gathered and its implications, evidence gaps and how to fill these
  • Support to involve community members as fully as possible in all aspects of project evaluation, ensuring strong community voice and making the most of the personal and community development opportunities presented by project evaluation
  • Support to draw out key messages from evaluation findings, linking these with policy agendas and investment opportunities

How to contact us

If you would like to know how we can help you evidence the impact of your project – whether you are at the beginning or the end of your process – contact our Senior Development Manager Jo Simpson on or call 020 7250 8334.



Asian Women's Resource Centre (AWRC) “I would like to thank Eastside Primetimers and their consultant Carolyn Hay, who has written an excellent evaluation report for the AWRC. It is an excellent document and I look forward to circulating to Reaching Communities and quoting it for funding applications that I write going forward” Sarbjit Ganger, Director
Imara“We experienced good partnership working with Eastside Primetimers and their consultant Nicky Stevenson, who has supported us over the past year with our evaluation and monitoring. With her help producing great reports, analysis and ideas, we are now able to show our value more effectively” Cath Wakeman, Chief Executive Officer and Trauma Therapist
Rainbow Services Harlow“Eastside Primetimers and their consultant Teresa Bailey were great to work with. The healthcheck they provided gave us a snapshot of where we were and a reflective look at what improvements we could make to achieve greater effectiveness and organisational efficiencies” Jackie Sully, Executive Director

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