Strengthening communities: strategies for supporting places that have missed out on funding

Case studies

The case studies in the report focus on the following areas and approaches:

  • Torbay: Strengthening local capability, confidence and collaboration through targeted capacity-building work, participatory grant making, and building partnerships between local and national organisations.
  • Dudley: Building community relationships through activities, volunteering opportunities and targeted support services, in order to gradually grow trust in a community wary of external support.
  • Gosport: Establishing partnerships between smaller local groups and larger regional groups to help ensure that a smaller town doesn’t miss out on funding or support to its larger neighbour.
  • Powys: Using community land ownership as a lever for ongoing investment, by giving local people the opportunity to take control of their outdoor spaces and develop them for recreation and tourism.
  • Fair Share Trust: Long-term investment to tackle over 80 funding cold spots across the UK, building local community capacity to the point where sufficient infrastructure exists to start bringing in external funding.
  • Clackmannanshire: Maintaining community assets through diversified funding and targeted development support, helping the assets to become self-sufficient and not reliant on grants or local authority funding.
  • Northumberland: Money and power to communities, giving local people the freedom to allocate funding as they see fit, using it to address local priorities and target small investments that leverage external funding.
  • Barking and Dagenham: Empowering local people to design and deliver community activities focused on participation and community involvement, without needing to apply for funding or set up formal entities.
  • West Armagh: Engaging residents and unlocking investment through a local coordinating body, allowing funding to reach housing estates that can otherwise be cut off from access to grants and programmes.
  • Southend-on-Sea: Sustained investment into the early years, bringing local authorities, statutory services, charities, community groups and education providers together to work in a connected, strategic way.