The Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport are offering £4.5m of funding to projects that will support social action in local communities.
The Place Based Social Action programme, which has opened to expressions of interest, is offering up to £500,000 of funding to partnerships that will help people improve their local areas.
Guidance on the scheme provided by the BLF, which will provide funding until December 2024, says this could include activity such as helping people and organisations to take action on issues that matter to them or encouraging new ways of working so that local people have more influence over and ownership of local services.
The guidance says that applications should come from local partnerships, which could involve community members, local charities or business, or representatives from the local authority.
Each application must be endorsed by the relevant local authority and only one application can be made per local authority area.
Up to 20 applications will be selected for initial funding of £5,000 to create plans setting out how social action can help respond to local priorities.
From those successful applications, 10 will be chosen to apply for phase two, when funding of up to £240,000 will be available for each scheme.
Five of those will later be selected to apply for phase three, when an additional £255,000 will be available to each project.
Tracey Crouch, the Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said: "People know what are the most important matters in their local areas, and this joint funding will help communities come together and drive the change they want to see. I am looking forward to seeing the positive impact this investment will have."
Expressions of interest can be made until 28 November.
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