Big Society Fund

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Helping us, to help you, deliver BIG SOCIETY

BIG SOCIETY is all about helping people to take responsibility for shaping the communities and areas around them.

We are very keen to work with anyone who comes up with their own ideas to help benefit the community, and/or deliver a service which reduces the Council's overall annual budget. Projects will need to clearly demonstrate how they meet either one or both of these criteria and then help us to deliver on our objectives of Education, Skills and increasing participation in Sport.

You could be from a voluntary group, organisation, school, Town / Parish Council or neighbourhood.

Some examples might be:

  • Adopt an area of public open space which is currently the responsibility of the Council, or take over its maintenance.
  • Provide a range of activities for the young people in the community. The Council could possibly fund some equipment or provide a facility as a base.
  • Assist in the running of an event with the possible longer term aim of taking it over. The Council could work alongside the community group and provide support and facilities.
  • Provide a range of activities or interventions for young people or the unemployed.
  • Deliver a new and improved sports provision that encourages more people to engage in sport

Have YOU got an Idea?

If you have an idea, then why not share it with us? From the germ of an idea comes a project which together we might be able to develop. The key to a successful project is that it must deliver: 

  • Significant community benefits or
  • Direct cost savings in the way an existing service is delivered
  • AND address at least one of our key objectives of Education, Skills and Sport

Next Steps

1. First, we need a brief initial outline of your idea. Fill in our stage 1 application form and send back to us.
Big Society Stage 1 Application Form

2. We will then let you know if you have been successful at this first stage and, if appropriate, ask you to develop a more detailed project plan as part of the second and final stage.

3. We will then assess the project to see that it is in line with the Council's objectives, is affordable, sustainable and whether it can help the Council to reduce its spending. Following this assessment you will be notified as to whether you have been successful.

Further Information

For more details on the scheme and how it operates contact the Big Society via email

Summary List of Applications - April 2017

Summary of Big Society Applications to March 2018

Last updated on: 22/03/2018 - 14:01