BIG Local

Helping people make their communities better places to live in, now and in the future

Application deadline

This programme is now closed

What's it all about?

Local Trust – delivering the Big Local Programme

Helping people make their communities better places to live in, now and in the future

Local Trust is an independent charitable trust established in 2012 to deliver the Big Local programme, committing £200 million to 150 neighbourhoods across England. Supported by a range of partner organisations, Big Local is targeting pockets of the country that have been overlooked for funding and resources in the past and may face issues including the decline of local industry, high levels of unemployment, or a pressing need for new support services or activities.

Through Big Local, The National Lottery Community Fund and Local Trust are taking action to put this right and help build communities capable not only of spending a £1m Lottery investment but securing more in the future.

Each Big Local area is receiving at least £1m Lottery funding over at least the next 10 years, which residents themselves will be in charge of spending on ways to improve their community from training and employment schemes to tackling anti-social behaviour, creating new community facilities or providing more activities for young people. Designed from the outset to be radically different from other funding programmes, at the heart of Big Local is a vision of empowered, resilient, dynamic, asset-rich communities making their own decisions on what is best for their area.

Each area is being given support, training, and networking opportunities to help them develop their plans and empower them to find solutions that work for their communities.

See the locations of all the areas that have been chosen for investment

Visit the Local Trust library here to find success stories, case studies, research and evaluation, how to guides and Big Local programme guidance.

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