Big Lottery Fund – Place Based Social Action

Grants are available for existing partnerships across England who have identified or are already working together to address a social challenge or local priority in their area.

The Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) have launched the new £4.5 million Place Based Social Action programme with £2.5 million coming from National Lottery funding and £2 million from the Government.

The funding is intended to increase the capacity of communities, civil society organisations, public sector bodies and businesses to work together to address priorities which matter to people locally. It also aims to encourage new ways of working so communities can contribute meaningfully to the design and delivery of services.

Local partnerships could use the funding to address some of the following:

  • A local priority as defined by local people.
  • The ability of local people and organisations to take action on the issues that matter to them.
  • Encourage new ways of working so that people who live and work in areas have more meaningful influence and ownership over local services.

This is a three-phase programme which will run until 2025.

20 EOIs will be selected to take part in phase 1.

In phase 1, partnerships will receive support and up to £5,000. Ten of these partnerships will be selected to apply for phase 2, with a grant of up to £240,000 on offer. And only 5 of these partnerships will be selected to apply for phase 3, with a further grant of up to £255,000 on offer.

  • Phase 1 – for up to 20 areas, support and development, up to £5,000 towards expenses.
  • Phase 2 – For up to 10 areas, support and development, up to £240,000 grant award.
  • Phase 3 – For up to 5 areas, up to £255,000 grant award.

More information is available here.

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