CDF led the successful consortium chosen by the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) in 2011 to set up and manage a new organisation to run the new independent, charitable Big Local Trust that BIG has endowed with £200m. It continues to stay involved with CDF’s research team playing a key role in supporting learning and evaluation. For more information on Big Local, please visit Local Trust.
What is Big Local?
Big Local is a long term innovative programme that will achieve lasting change in 150 areas in England. It provides a mixture of funding, finance and support. This will enable people who live in the areas to build on local talents and aspirations and identify and act on their own needs to make their areas even better places to live, now and in the future.
Local communities will drive Big Local in their area. The programme will support, challenge, train and encourage people to develop and drive Big Local in their area. There will be a unique programme of activity in each area based on local needs but sharing the Big Local programme outcomes.
Big Local will support communities to identify issues and plan and develop solutions. This will provide a sustainable approach to long-term issues and ultimately create even better places to live. Big Local aims to achieve the following outcomes:
- communities will be better able to identify local needs and take action in response to them
- people will have increased skills and confidence so that they can continue to identify and respond to local needs in the future
- the community will make a difference to the needs it prioritises
- people will feel that their area is an even better place to live.
For more information on how Big Local will work please visit the Local Trust website.