2015 June - Learning from Big Local

This meeting on 9th June 2015 discussed the findings from the early years evaluation of Big Local.

Learning from Funders: Learning from Big Local (9th June 2015)

This Learning from Funders event provided funders with an opportunity to hear from Debbie Ladds Chief Executive of Local Trust (a London Funders member) on the findings from the early years evaluation of Big Local, carried out by NCVO, IVR and OPM.

Big Local is a national, long term programme offering funding and support for residents in 150 areas across England to make a lasting and positive difference to their communities. Each area has an investment of at least £1million and at least ten years to use it once they have developed their own local plan. At the heart of what makes Big Local different is the principle that residents make the decisions about how the money is used and which locally trusted organisations Local Trust funds. Minimal requirements are put on how they use the funding or organise themselves, and support is offered to help residents gain the skills and confidence and make the changes they feel will make their area an even better place to live. The programme is funded by Big Lottery Fund and is the Fund’s largest ever investment.

Local Trust’s mission is to enable residents to make their communities and their areas even better places in which to live. This is achieved 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. 

Our Learning from Funders event provided an opportunity to hear about the Big Local journey and learning to date, the lessons for other funders and provided a space for funders to reflect on the experience of Big Local and what that might mean for their funding and relationships with local communities and places.

Debbie's presentation slides can be found here

A full meeting report is available here.