The Big Local is a national programme that supports residents in 150 local areas around England to use at least £1m each, over ten years, to make a lasting and positive difference to their communities. Big Local brings aims to bring together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live.
Big Local is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by Local Trust. Nationally they work with a range of partners to deliver Big Local, building on the skills and experiences of others to provide expert advice and support for residents.
Big Local outcomes
- Communities will be better able to identify local needs and act in response to them.
- People will have increased skills and confidence so that they continue to identify and respond to needs in the future.
- The community will make a difference to the needs it prioritises.
- People will feel that their area is an even better place to live.
The Big Local helps with guidance but the programme is not about residents being told what to do by councils, the government or a national organisation. It’s also not about individual groups and organisations funding their own pet projects or doing things without talking to a wide range of different people who live and work in the community. With ten years or more to deliver things, the Big Local is also not about short-term thinking. It’s about planning and delivering the best options for each area that may be sustainable and will last.
You can find out more about the national Big Local programme as well as all the other community partnerships across England at localtrust.org.uk/our-work/big-local
Other coastal Big Local groups