Aspire Sussex win £1 million bid to build better opportunities across the South East

Aspire Sussex Adult Education and partners have been successful in bids to the – Building Better Opportunities programme and have received funding totalling just over £1 million.

Building Better Opportunities is a programme jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

They will be leading two new projects across the Coast to Capital LEP area (East and West Sussex, Surrey, Brighton and Hove).

The two projects involve working with a range of partners who will bring expertise to provide targeted family-focused provision through family learning and community inclusion, supporting hard to reach groups and individuals to return to work.

Robyn Kohler, Chief Executive Officer for Aspire Sussex, said: “Both projects have the potential to significantly improve the lives of individuals, families and local communities. We are delighted to have this opportunity, and to have been successful in both bids. Our teams and partners have been working on the development stage of these projects since we received initial funding in November last year and we are looking forward to offering new courses and opportunities to volunteer from October.”

For further information on the project, please email Robyn Kohler at [email protected]

Notes to Editors:

Building Better Opportunities

  • The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
  • It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.
  • The project has received up to £ of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit