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# Plans for new £7 million fund for 10 local social action initiatives

Plans for new £7 million fund for 10 local social action initiatives - draft blog post

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I gather that we should soon hear about a new £7 million fund, supported by government departments and the Big Lottery Fund, to promote local placed-based social action.

There will be a bidding process, with 25 sites initially selected and 10 finally supported with funding and consultancy.

I can't trace any official announcement, but papers in circulation from briefing seminars to local authorities and others say that:

“The aim is to put people in the lead, in partnership with public services, to find solutions to local challenges.

  • Starting from a place of strength, building on the assets that already exist within communities
  • Supporting local action to happen, bringing people and organisations together around a shared vision
  • Supporting communities to become happier and stronger and building trusted relationships between residents and decision makers to affect change
  • Helping communities create shared and sustainable places and spaces both in terms of physical spaces but also shared networks
  • Helping communities, the VCSE and local agencies to think together about how they can reduce the need for acute services, instead taking an early action/preventative approach

“The programme would work with leaders from local statutory agencies, communities and academics to achieve the following:

  • Communities are better able to identify their needs and have a shared vision
  • Local organisations and people have increased capacity and ability to take action, developing and running activities which make a difference
  • Local services are commissioned in a way that makes better use of community capacity and social action to deliver better outcomes

“The programme would be delivered with an external partner and would involve a mixture of direct capacity building support and some direct funding”.

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Here's [the full briefing note](/Proposed-programme-on-Place-Based-Social-Action)

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Here's the full briefing note

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I'll see if I can find out more from the Government departments and/or Big Lottery Fund.

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