The website for the Woolavington and Puriton Big Local
About Big Local
Significant change in any place takes time and has to be founded on and around the people who live there
In terms of scale, time horizon and ethos, nothing like Big Local has ever existed. Designed from the outset to be radically different from other funding programmes, at the heart of Big Local is a vision of empowered, resilient, dynamic, asset-rich communities making their own decisions on what is best for their area.
Providing at least £1m to each of 150 communities in England, Big Local is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and managed by Local Trust. Nationally we 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.
Different by design
In contrast to conventional top down, time-limited, project-led funding, the funding awarded to each Big Local area was provided on the basis that it can be spent over 10-15 years at the communities’ own chosen pace, and on their own plans and priorities.
Big Local was established with a number of core key features that make it different from other programmes. It is:
Long term – providing certainty and continuity, over 10-15 years
Resident-led – working directly with individuals living, working, studying and playing in areas rather than through organisations; building confidence and capacity amongst those wanting to make a difference to their community and their local area
Non-prescriptive – enabling residents to spend on their own terms and in their own time, on the projects they judge to be most important to them
Patient and non-judgemental – giving communities the time and opportunity to learn, make mistakes, resolve disagreements and overcome challenges for themselves, on their way to achieving their ambitions
Accompanied by flexible and responsive support – to help communities to build the confidence and capability to make the most of the opportunities available to them, whilst not constraining their own ambition and initiative
Our approach is designed to ensure residents time and energy is spent on the things that make a lasting difference to people and communities. The programme structure maintains this core ethos while ensuring appropriate systems and checks are in place to account for funding.
Find out more about Big Local and The Local Trust HERE.