Here’s a development which signals that new coalition government policies — the emphasis on localism, on grassroots organisations operating at the neighbourhood level — are beginning to reshape the priorities of independent funders, including the Lottery.
BIG has just announced the launch of its new BIG Local programme, £200m in grants dedicated to between 100-150 urban and rural neighbourhoods which have a poor track record in securing funding. You can read about the new programme here on BIG’s website and here in Third Sector Online.
The first 50 localities have now been announced. In the West Midlands they are:
- Shropshire – Gobowen, St Martins and Weston Rhyn
- Stoke-on-Trent – Chell Heath and Fegg Hayes
- Dudley – East Coseley
- Sandwell – Grace Mary and Lion Farm
- Birmingham – Bromford and Firs Estate
- Wyre Forest – Horsefair, Broadwaters and Greenhill in Kidderminster