What is Big Local?

Big Local is an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to use at least £1M to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities. It’s about bringing 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 being run by Local Trust, which is working with the Big Lottery Fund and a range of partners to provide expert advice and support for residents.

It’s NOT about the government or a national organisation telling us what to do. It’s NOT about individual groups fixing their favourite problem without talking to a wide range of different people who live and work in the community. It’s NOT about short-term thinking – we’ve got 10 years or more to plan and deliver the best options for our area.

Who is Local Trust?

Local Trust is the organisation running Big Local and drawing down funds on our behalf as and when projects are approved.

Big Local funding comes from a £200M endowment from the Big Lottery Fund. Local Trust’s mission is to enable people to improve their communities by helping them develop and use their skills and confidence to identify what matters most to them, and to take action to change things for the better, now and in the future. They provide a mix of funding and finance to enable long-term sustainable change, maximise impact and make the best use of scarce resources.


The Big Local pathway has seven steps and we’re already well on our journey:

Task Status
Getting People Involved  Completed
Exploring the Big Local Vision  Completed
Forming the Big Local Partnership  Completed
Creating a Big Local Plan  Completed                                                                                     (endorsed by Local Trust Nov 2012)
Delivering the Big Local Plan Underway                                                                                               (Nov 2012)
Collecting the evidence Ongoing
Reviewing the Big Local Plan and Partnership May 2015 September 2016 and ongoing

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