Big Lottery Fund awards £235,000 contract to Locality consortium

The initiative is intended to help communities fund sustainable solutions to local issues, such as saving libraries from closure or setting up enterprises to create job opportunities

Big Lottery Fund
Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded a £235,000 contract to a consortium led by the local umbrella body Locality to support community enterprises in England.

The initiative is designed to offer guidance and support to help communities fund sustainable solutions to local issues, in areas such as saving a local library or pub from closure, or setting up a new enterprise to create job opportunities for local people.

The contract, which lasts for six months, will be run by Locality with UnLtd and the Plunkett Foundation, which both support social enterprises.

The consortium will also run six free roadshow events in locations in England in September, before the launch later this year of the BLF’s £150m Power to Change programme, which was announced last year and will give grants to community enterprises that engage directly with local communities in England.

Steve Clare, deputy chief executive of Locality, said: "Many communities have the ambitions and ideas but need help both to get started and to scale up their existing businesses. We look forward to meeting people at our roadshows and through the Power to Change community network."

For more details of the roadshows, click here.

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