Renaisi is part of a consortium led by Community Development Foundation (CDF) that has been chosen by the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) to set up and manage a new organisation to run the new independent, charitable Big Local Trust that BIG has endowed with £200m. The organisation will deliver a groundbreaking ten-year programme, called Big Local that will put local people in the driving seat to achieve lasting change in 150 local areas across England.
At least £1 million will be available to each area over the next ten years. Local areas can use the funds to provide a mixture of grants, social investments, loans, microfinance and support. This means that some of the money distributed in each area can come back to Big Local and be reused in the local area again and again.
The CDF led consortium includes CCLA, Capacity Global, Institute for Voluntary Action Research, National Association for Neighbourhood Management, Renaisi and UnLtd – the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.
Communities have the skills and ideas of their own to identify local issues and develop solutions to them. Big Local will support, challenge, train and encourage people and groups to develop and take ownership of the programme in their local area. It is a locally driven approach to help communities fulfil their ambitions and make their local areas better places to live.
The work of the Big Local Trust will start immediately. BIG has been working since last summer with the first 50 areas identified for funding, helping them develop their plans. They are now handing this work over to CDF and its partners. It is expected that the new organisation will launch in the autumn and take full control of both the affairs of the Trust and the delivery of the Big Local programme.
Alison Seabrooke, Chief Executive of CDF said, “This is a real opportunity for communities to take the lead to identify issues, priorities and the solutions that will make their areas better places to live. Local people will define needs and desired outcomes in their areas and then choose the best way of using the funds to achieve them. What’s more – Big Local’s innovative investment approach will create a legacy which will continue to support areas to achieve their priorities beyond the life of the programme.”
Nat Sloane, Big Lottery Fund Chair of England Committee, said: “BIG has a history of pioneering ways and means of giving the public a say in where its funding should go and the Big Local programme takes that commitment into communities that have previously struggled to access Lottery cash.
“We are very excited about this substantial investment in developing people powered change from within communities themselves. This ten-year commitment to Big Local neighbourhoods will see people who’ve never before had the chance to influence their area, become directly involved in the issues which matter most to them, backed up with funds they can directly influence.
“CDF, an established charity and social enterprise organisation, demonstrated an excellent understanding of BIG’s expectations and they will lead a strong partnership to deliver this ambition.”
Clive Tritton, Chief executive of Renaisi said: “We are absolutely delighted to be part of the consortium selected to establish the Big Local Trust. Renaisi’s mission is to create sustainable, attractive and inclusive neighbourhoods, which foster the talent and diversity of local people. We firmly believe that you can only reverse the fortunes of deprived neighbourhoods if you commit to a long-term process of change – one which recognises and builds the capacity of local communities to support themselves. This is at the heart of the Big Local Trust and we look forward to working with our partners to deliver a positive legacy of change over the next 10 years.”
For enquiries about the Big Local Trust or the Big Local programme please call Jessica Mullen, Communications and Marketing Officer 020 7812 1593, email@example.com
The other consortium partners are:
Capacity Global has been providing a unique link between local community action and policy development that supports individual, community and neighbourhood rights to a clean and healthy environment for over ten years. Capacity are an independent think tank and social enterprise that inspires and illustrates environmental justice and equality in a fair society. Our aim is to support strong, diverse and multi cultural environmental community action. We work with communities, academia, government and business to create better strategies and solutions for environmental and social justice. We do this through our four programmes: greener jobs, policy and advocacy, community outreach and research. For more information visit www.capacity.org.uk.
CCLA provides specialist investment management for charities, faith organisations and local authorities. They are is the largest charity fund manager in the UK, looking after many thousands of charities with a very wide range of requirements, and have recently launched a cash management fund for the public sector. Owned by their charity and public sector clients and having no external shareholders, CCLA is able to really focus on the specialist requirements of mission-driven and public sector organisations – income, long-term sustainable returns, responsible and ethical investment, transparency and fairness. They are also involved in the development of high impact investment. CCLA provides a free asset allocation advice service to support trustees, investment committees and officers in their decision-making. CCLA Investment Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. For more information visit: www.ccla.co.uk and www.psdf.co.uk
Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) is an independent, charitable research unit, specialising in action research within the voluntary and community sector (VCS). IVAR’s work has a dual purpose: improving practice and contributing to shaping the policy environment for voluntary sector organisations. IVAR achieves this through: ensuring work is grounded in the context of those they are working with, and viewing any problems/issues within this context; working collaboratively – with an emphasis always on building relationships; being non-prescriptive and problem solving – helping find practically useful solutions to challenges. IVAR’s main areas of work are: community assets; collaboration; impact; merger; and strategy. For more information visit www.ivar.org.uk
The National Association of Neighbourhood Management (NANM) is an independent not-for-profit organisation incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee in 2008. The network was set up in 2002 by Communities and Local Government (previously the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) to support neighbourhood partnerships which are ‘narrowing the gap’ by improving the quality of life in communities across England. Since then it has grown to represent more than 350 partnerships across the country. The NANM designs and facilitates action-focused learning and knowledge sharing and take on roles as a learning partner to other organisations. For more information visit:http://www.neighbourhoodmanagement.net/
UnLtd find, assess, fund and support strongly motivated people who are resourceful and resilient, building their confidence and skills to achieve local impact through sustainable social ventures of all kinds – from voluntary groups through social enterprise to social businesses. UnLtd resource over 1,000 socially-minded entrepreneurs each year to help turn their vision of social environmental benefit into a reality. Their role within the Big Local Trust is to locate, fund and support individuals and community groups developing early stage social ventures directly, by co-running or via local intermediaries. Cliff Prior, the Chief Executive, has experience of running the Millennium Awards Trust, which has now doubled its annual impact through raising external funds. For more information visit http://www.unltd.org.uk/
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 46% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
BIG is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since June 2004. The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £25 billion has now been raised and more than 330,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.