Local Trust announces next 50 areas to be part of Big Local

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Posted on 11/12/12


The selected areas are to receive £1million over at least 10 years to address needs that residents identify.

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Yesterday, the next 50 areas to be part of Big Local were announced (Monday 10 December 2012). Big Local offers an exciting opportunity for residents around England to use at least £1 million to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities.

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) announced the next 50 areas to receive support from Local Trust and partners. Each of these areas will receive at least £1million Lottery funding. Big Local is being managed by Local Trust, which is working with £200m from the Big Lottery Fund and a range of partners providing expert advice and support for residents. The 50 areas that have been chosen will join 100 communities that were previously announced as Big Local areas in July 2010 and February 2012.

Big Local is about bringing together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live. Residents will identify the issues in their areas that they want to address and work together to put a plan together for how they will do this.

As well as funding for improvements, each area will receive a range of training and support from Local Trust and their national partners, including the Community Development Foundation (CDF). Other national partners are Capacity Global; CCLA; the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR); the National Association of Neighbourhood Management (NANM); Renaisi; Small Change; and, UnLtd.

Debbie Ladds, Chief Executive of Local Trust said:

“We are delighted to have a further 50 communities to support. We look forward to helping residents identify what matters most to them and how, with the support of a range of locally trusted organisations and our partners, we can support them over at least ten years to make their areas even better places to live.

“The passion and commitment that residents in existing Big Local areas are showing is inspirational. By enabling residents to make decisions and take control of the funding we believe Big Local can help residents achieve lasting change in their communities.”

Visit the Big Local website for a map and list of the 150 areas benefiting from Big Local.

For enquiries please contact:

Local Trust and Big Local information line: 020 7211 1888

Email: info@localtrust.org.uk

Full details about Local Trust and Big Local are available at www.localtrust.org.uk