BIG LOCAL: Helping people make their communities better places to live in, now and in the future
Fifty new areas are each being allocated £1m funding today, bringing the number of communities who are so far benefiting from the Lottery’s Big Local scheme to 100. A further 50 communities will be awarded funding through the scheme by the end of 2012. Each of these areas will receive at least £1m to spend over 10 years – along with support, training, and networking opportunities – to make their areas better places to live.
Renaisi is one of the founding partners of the CDF led consortium that was selected by the Big Lottery Fund to manage the £200m funded Big Local scheme and to help set up the new charitable organisation Local Trust.
Renaisi’s role is to recruit and manage the national pool of Big Local representatives who will provide ‘light touch’ support and advice to local areas throughout the programme. This includes helping local people and organisations to work together to identify local issues and take action to realise lasting change. We will be shortly recruiting to the pool of Big Local representatives and will be looking for individuals who have experience of and are motivated by helping local communities to work together to improve their areas.
Clive Tritton, Chief Executive, Renaisi said: “Big Local is a fantastic opportunity for residents to take control of improving the places where they live. The launch of the next 50 areas is an important milestone for Big Local and we look forward to working with those areas to make the most of this exciting opportunity. We are also delighted to be a founding partner of Local Trust, which will make a huge contribution to the urgent task of improving overlooked neighbourhoods in England.”
Big Local is particularly groundbreaking because it is much more than a typical grants programme. Firstly local residents are genuinely at the forefront of the process – not just in terms of deciding what the priorities are for their area or how money will be invested but also in encouraging social action to solve local problems.
Secondly funding includes a mix of grants, social investment and loans, which means that money will be reinvested and recycled in the area for the benefit of local people over the long term.
Thirdly, the aim of Big Local is to build people’s trust, knowledge and skills in these areas so they are well equipped to respond to the different challenges that they face and improve their local area in the longer term.
The first 50 Big Local areas were announced last year and have been raising awareness of the Big Local programme within their communities, and starting the process of developing their plans for the future. There is clearly a huge appetite and capacity within communities to take ownership of the programme locally.
A list of the areas can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website Big Lottery Fund
For more information please visit the Big Local website or contact Kirby Swales on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7033 2600