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Place Based Social Action

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Application deadline:
28/11/2017 17:00:00

What's it all about?

Place Based Social Action (PBSA) is a joint £4.5m programme between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Big Lottery Fund (the Fund) using National Lottery funding.

PBSA aims to create positive change by enabling people, communities, local non-statutory organisations and the statutory sector to work collaboratively to create a shared vision for the future of their place, and address local priorities through social action.

The programme will support Big Lottery Fund’s commitment to supporting communities to flourish by delivering the change they want to see locally. It will support DCMS’ commitment to enable and build demand for social action to become routine in communities, and in public service design and delivery.

Social action is about people coming together to help improve their lives and solve the problems that are important in their communities. It involves people giving their time and other resources for the common good. This can be in a range of forms, from volunteering and community owned services to simple neighbourly acts. You can see more examples in the Social Action Typology below and by going to the GOV.UK Enabling social action website.

Who can apply?

The call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) is open to existing partnerships across England, who have identified or are already working together to address a social challenge or local priority in their area.

We will only accept one EOI from each lower or single tier Local Authority area and it must be endorsed by the Chief Executive Officer of your Local Authority. A full list of these are published on our website. If we receive more than one EOI from a local authority area, we may decide that no EOI from this area will be considered.

Only 20 EOIs will be selected to take part in phase 1. In phase 1, partnerships will receive support and up to £5,000. Ten of these partnerships will be selected to apply for phase 2, with a grant of up to £240,000 on offer. And only 5 of these partnerships will be selected to apply for phase 3, with a further grant of up to £255,000 on offer.

  • Phase 1 – for up to 20 areas, support and development, up to £5,000 towards expenses
  • Phase 2 – For up to 10 areas, support and development, up to £240,000 grant award
  • Phase 3 – For up to 5 areas, up to £255,000 grant award.

What can you spend the money on?

In the first phase you can apply for up to £5,000 to support expenses. This can pay for any reasonable revenue costs incurred during Phase 1, such as travel and subsistence, venue hire or promotion or consultation materials. This cannot be used for capital costs, such as the purchase of equipment.

In the first phase, you will also have specialist support to help create a shared vision and plan setting out how high impact social action can help respond to local priorities. This is an opportunity for partnerships to build and establish trusted networks locally, develop local capacity and capability, and identify potential social action opportunities.

How do you apply?

Before applying you should ensure that you have read the guidance and programme materials on this webpage, that your partnership is committed and that your partnership has the endorsement from the Chief Executive of your Local Authority.

Complete your expression of interest