The Big Lottery has announced that 50 communities across England, including Collyhurst in Manchester, are each taking charge of £1million to spend on making their areas better places to live – in a pioneering Lottery funding scheme to empower local people.
The funding is part of a £200 million Big Lottery Fund initiative, called Big Local, which will give local people a key role in deciding how to improve their areas and tackle local problems.
Fifty new areas are being allocated the £1m funding, bringing the number of communities who are so far benefiting from the scheme to 100. A further 50 communities will be awarded funding through the scheme by the end of 2012. Each of these areas will receive at least £1m to spend over 10 years – along with support, training, and networking opportunities – to make their areas better places to live.
The communities selected to receive the £1m Lottery funding through Big Local have a history of difficulty in getting support and funding - from the Lottery and elsewhere - and may face a range of issues, for example, the decline of local industry, high unemployment or low average wages, or a pressing need for new support services or activities.
BIG Local Working with local groups, charities, the public sector and local businesses, residents in each of the selected communities will come together to decide what can be done to make their areas better places to live and devise a plan to spend the £1m funding over the next 10 years.
The funding can be used for anything that people feel would improve their area, from training and employment schemes, to tackling anti-social behaviour, creating new community facilities or providing more activities for young people.
Rather than using the money to simply allocate grants for initiatives, residents are encouraged to use different, more sustainable ways of financing, for example giving loans or funding social enterprises, where money could be reinvested in the community.
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