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Local Trust newsletter March 2018

March 2018

Arts, architecture and legacy may seem like big ideas but they can be exciting ways for a community to rediscover its aspiration and potential. Our latest newsletter looks at how Big Local areas are shaping the future.


The power of art

What happened when ten Big Local areas went to London to meet arts funders and practitioners at a discussion event co-hosted by Local Trust and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation? Read the blog.

Try asking yourself: Describe the legacy of David Bowie in one sentence

Following the first two learning clusters on legacy, Ben Lee reports on how Big Locals across the country are tackling what this means, and what mark they want to leave on their community. Read the blog.

Are you interested in the relationship between councils and Big Local areas?

Local Trust and NLGN are conducting a research into the challenges and future relationship between councils, local communities and Big Local areas. As part of this research we will be holding a workshop to explore these issues. We encourage Big Local partnerships to join the discussion by signing up to this workshop on Friday 8th of June at Birmingham Library from 11am to 4pm. Please send an email to to book a place.

Get involved in Community Business Weekend 4-7 May

Now in its third year, Community Business Weekend is a national open doors event celebrating community businesses all over England. Whether you have the twinkling of an idea, or already have a cause you want to promote, Community Business Weekend is the time to do it. Get your free organiser pack and dedicated event and marketing assistant by signing up here or read this blog to find out how to take part.

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Project pairs The Academy of Urbanism with 3 Big Local areas

In an exploratory pilot, 3 partnerships will work closely with The Academy of Urbanism to find out how their neighbourhoods could take better advantage of local assets and address planning and urban design issues. Find out more.

Community Business Fund reopening

Power to Change are reopening their Community Business Fund. The fund, which awards community businesses grants between £50,000 and £300,000 to develop their organisations and make them more sustainable, will reopen on 24 April and close on 22 May. Guidance is available on the Power to Change website.

Webinar - How to submit a strong application for the Community Business Fund

On 26 April Power to Change are hosting a webinar to help potential applicants understand the fund. It will cover what Power to Change have funded in the past, what they are looking for in applications and the application process. Register here.

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The more things change

We recently completed the third annual partnership review and found, among other things, that women are taking the lead across Big Local and every partnership is as different as its area. Find out more.

Read the newsletter to find out which Big Local areas have been in the news, our Video of the Month. To avoid missing out on future updates, or to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us.


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