The Big Lottery Fund has just announced that a contract worth over £235,000 has been awarded to a consortium led by Locality, with UnLtd and Plunkett Foundation, to deliver support to community enterprises across England over the next six months. The aim is to provide initial support and information to community-led groups that will want to bid to the lottery’s Power to Change fund, a new a £150m Big Lottery programme backed by Trinity Mirror. Power to Change opens for applications later this year.
Community enterprises are about people coming together to tackle a local need and making their community a better place to live.
This could mean stopping a local library, community centre, pub or shop from closing by taking over responsibility for running it, or setting up a new enterprise that improves opportunities for local people and re-invests profits back into the community.
A series of Power to Change roadshows is about to start. The Birmingham roadshow is on Tuesday 16th September, 10am-4.30pm at BVSC.