Long reads

Read about how people and places are changing through Big Local in this essay series written by independent thinkers and commissioned by Local Trust

Where do we go from here?

Foreword Big Local is one of the most radical and exciting grant programmes ever launched by a major lottery funder. Between 2010 and 2012, the National Lottery Community Fund identified 150 areas that had historically missed out on lottery and other funding. Each of those areas was allocated over £1m of Big Local funding. MoneyContinue reading “Where do we go from here?”



David Boyle explores what healthy local democracy looks like in three Big Local areas


Beyond age

Why communities are investing in young people’s futures


Creating the future

Maddy Costa explores how four Big Local areas are each using arts and creativity to transform their neighbourhoods


Skittled out?

The collapse and revival of England’s social infrastructure