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BIG puts local people in charge through new trust

7 July 2011

Big Lottery Fund has today appointed Community Development Foundation (CDF) to lead a ground-breaking £200million programme that will empower local people in 150 urban and rural areas across England to turn their neighbourhoods into better places to live.

The money is being invested in an independent charitable Trust to be established by CDF with a consortium of partners. At least £1 million will be available to each area over the next ten years.

BIG will now work in partnership with the CDF-led consortium, which includes Capacity Global, CCLA, Institute for Voluntary Action Research, National Association for Neighbourhood Management, Renaisi and UnLtd – the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, to establish the Trust and the new independent company that will be its corporate Trustee and to start the Big Local programme.

The first 50 neighbourhoods, announced by BIG last summer, were selected following extensive analysis and discussion with local partners. They are all places that have a history of difficulty in securing resources, including funding from BIG.

Nat Sloane, Big Lottery Fund Chair of England Committee, said: “BIG has a history of pioneering ways and means of giving the public a say in where its funding should go and the Big Local programme takes that commitment into communities that have previously struggled to access Lottery cash.

“We are very excited about this substantial investment in developing people powered change from within communities themselves.  This ten-year commitment to Big Local neighbourhoods will see people who’ve never before had the chance to influence their area, become directly involved in the issues which matter most to them, backed up with  funds they can directly influence.

“CDF, an established charity and social enterprise organisation, demonstrated an excellent understanding of BIG’s expectations and they will lead a strong partnership to deliver this ambition.”                                                                                       

Alison Seabrooke, CDF Chief Executive, said: “We and our partners are excited to be delivering Big Local. It is an opportunity for communities to take the lead to identify issues, priorities and the solutions that will make their areas better places to live. What’s more – Big Local’s innovative investment approach will create a legacy which will continue to support areas to achieve their priorities beyond the life of the programme.”

BIG estimates that the Trust and Company will be legally established in autumn this year, in the meantime CDF and their partners are now working to establish the new independent charitable Trust and will take up the reins of the Big Local programme in the first 50 areas.  Further areas are due to be announced later this year.

For more detail on the Big Local Trust take a look at these questions and answers

One Comment leave one →
  1. 13 July 2011 8:52 am

    This seems like a great idea, to empower local people to make changes to their neighborhoods.

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