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The Big Lottery Fund today (Friday, 25 March) launches ‘People Powered Change’, a platform to build, accelerate and extend new and different approaches to develop great community-led action already underway across England.
Through ‘People Powered Change’ BIG will provide support, information and tools to release the talents of individuals and community groups, to improve and strengthen their neighbourhoods.
As part of BIG’s future funding ethos in England - ‘People Powered Change’ - BIG is putting the first £5.76million into four projects which focus on empowering communities and people to build a better future.
At The Lowry, Salford on Friday, 25 March community organisations are coming together to engage in debate and discover how others are already driving forward grassroots actions. (See below for agenda).
Sanjay Dighe, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund England Committee said: “People Powered Change is about creating the right conditions for local communities to take action for themselves and for others to build on the great work they are already doing. Through the BIG funding made available today local communities will be able to access different community tools to garner energy at a local level to bring people in need together. Initially BIG will be working with specialist organisations working at grassroots and regional media groups to empower people to make decisions locally about which projects are most in need of funding.”
Dharmendra Kanani, England Director, Big Lottery Fund explained: “BIG is an established funder for community empowerment. However, community-led action can’t happen overnight, and in an environment full of change and uncertainty BIG will enable projects to unlock the hidden talents among local communities.
Dharmendra continued, “This is just the beginning of People Powered Change. We’re looking forward to seeing the emergence of new resilient, innovative and inspirational projects that help communities achieve their goals. We want dynamic local people to feel recognised for the work they are already doing and less confident people to know what our actions and funding will give them more of a chance to make a difference locally.”
BIG’s focus for new England programmes will include working in areas where there is an under investment in skills, resources and social networks and building local partnerships to make Lottery good cause funding go further and have a lasting impact.
BIG will be taking its learning and insights from what is already happening in communities and combine that with investment in enablers to make it much more likely that communities with potential can feel confident about securing positive change in their area.
The Young Foundation receives £820,000 to boost local community capacity to tackle the issues that matter most, by working with the key agencies that promote and spread community organising, strengthening their ability to work in new areas. Alongside this, the Young Foundation will support communities to campaign and lobby for change through popular social media platforms and – where appropriate – newly developed digital tools.
Receiving £2.2m today is UnLtd for its Big Venture Challenge, a national competition for the most ambitious social entrepreneurs in England. It is looking for people with big ideas to step up and meet the challenges faced by disadvantaged communities today. The 25 winners of the Big Venture Challenge will each get an initial £25,000 plus the chance to access up to an additional £150,000 if matched by co-investors. Winners will also get high level business support and mentoring to help them grow their ventures to scale.
NESTA’s Neighbourhood Challenge is receiving £2m towards equipping 16 finalist projects with the right skills, practical tools and small, catalytic amounts of money to galvanise people to work together to create innovative responses to local priorities, particularly in neighbourhoods with low levels of social capital.
Also receiving funding today is Your Square Mile which will use £830,000 of funding to develop a digital platform to support the piloting and roll out of Your Square Mile. The locally controlled digital platform will aggregate community activity providing people with access to local information and resources, including information about local groups, opportunities and local support services. Your Square Mile has already embarked on 16 pilots and will launch the first stage of its digital platform in late summer. It will then launch as a mutual for all citizens to join in the autumn.
Full details are available at www.peoplepoweredchange.org.uk.
Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 020 7211 1888
Out of hours contact: 07867 500 572
Public Enquiries Line: 08454 102030
Textphone: 0845 6021 659
Full details of the Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available on the website: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
Press contacts for grant awardees:
NESTA – Jan Singleton on 020 7438 2606or email@example.com
UnLtd – Francesca Carpanini on 020 7566 1137 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Square Mile – Jamie Cowan on 07733 195990 or email@example.com
The Young Foundation – Alison Harvie on 020 8709 9265 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lowry, Salford Quays
25 March 2011
10.30 Arrival & registration
11.00 Dharmendra Kanani, Director of England, Big Lottery Fund
11.10 Peter Wanless, Chief Executive, Big Lottery Fund
11.20 Arthur Potts Dawson, The People’s Supermarket
11.30 Fairshare Trust Film
11.40 Panel Discussion, chaired by Cormac Russell. Followed by question and answers
Phil Colligan, NESTA
Jonathan Jenkins, UnLtd
Nicola Bacon, Young Foundation
Paul Twivy, Your Square Mile
12.20 People Powered Change live grant making – The pitches
John Gartside, Board Member, Big Lottery Fund
Cliff Prior, Chief Executive, UnLtd
12.50 Tom Calderbank, Community Organiser
12.55 Lunch in the Quays Bar
14.00 Your Square Mile Film
14.05 People Powered Change live grant making – The results
14.10 Tim Campbell, Bright Ideas Trust
14.20 Table discussions – Sue Charteris, Tim Campbell
15.15 UnLtd Launch
15.20 David Robinson, Community Links
15.30 Video of day’s events
15.35 Closing, Dharmendra Kanani
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