Big Lottery goes Big Local

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
But in addition BIG is inviting applications from appropriately skilled organisations to take on the job of establishing a new independent Trust to manage the BIG Local programme. The Trust will be a new company limited by guarantee.
Here’s the guide for organisations planning to apply to run the new Trust. Applicants have until 2pm on Thursday 12th August to submit an EOI.

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