BIG Local

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

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This programme is now closed

What's it all about?

This programme is now closed for applications

The National Lottery Community Fund in England is investing £200 million in 150 urban and rural communities that have been overlooked for funding in the past.

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.

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

Managed by Local Trust, an independent organisation, and 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.

Read case studies of Big Local in action in local areas

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

For more information on Big Local and Local Trust, visit