Big Local

Status:  Open to applications


Big Local is a place-based investment programme supporting residents in 150 Big Local areas around England to lead change in their area.

Value Notes

A total of £220 million is being invested in this programme.

A few areas operate local small grants schemes/commissioning opportunities.

Extended Description

Local Trust is a place-based funder, which works with 150 Big Local areas, where people are making their communities even better places to live.

Launched in 2010, Big Local is funded by the Big Lottery Fund with an investment of £220 million and managed by Local Trust. Nationally the work is done 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.

Local Trust is a unique organisation whose aim is to support resident- and community-led solutions for creating lasting change throughout England.

The decision of which 150 areas to select was made by the Big Lottery Fund who considered areas that had been previously overlooked for funding and investment. Then they looked at population and deprivation levels and geographic spread, both across a region and across urban and rural areas. And they talked to everyone from the local authority to the local voluntary and community sector.

Each area is different, and each Big Local progresses at a different pace in involving people locally, forming a Big Local partnership and creating a plan.                            

Key Criteria

Big Local is resident-led as residents know best what will make a real and meaningful difference to their areas and the people who live there.

Big Local empowers people to develop plans and find solutions that work for their communities, giving them the opportunity to try new ideas and become stronger through learning and overcoming challenges. Residents create a vision and Big Local plan for their area, which includes deciding on their priorities, what activities to run, who to work with and how the funding will be used over the 10 years.

Groups should check the postcode checker to find out if their location is eligible.

Eligible Expenditure

Big Local has four outcomes:

  • Communities will be better able to identify local needs and how to meet them.
  • People will build their skills and confidence, enabling them to identify and respond to needs in the future.
  • The community will make a real difference to what it believes are its most important needs.
  • People will feel that their area is an even better place to live.

Each local area will have a different set of priorities for their area.


Local restrictions will apply.

Application Procedure

Groups should first use the postcode checker to find out if their location is eligible and then contact the local partnership for details on how to apply.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download their website.
Contact details:
Programme Co-ordinator
Local Trust 
CAN Mezzanine 
7-14 Great Dover Street 
020 3588 0565