The Big Local programme is a national programme, funded through the Big Lottery Fund, that invests in local communities that have often been overlooked by outside funders. The idea is that local residents are able to come together to use the funding that has been allocated to their area. 150 areas in England were chosen to receive Big Lottery funding.
We are Rastrick Big LocalHD63, a a resident led voluntary organisation responsible for helping the Community invest £1 million National Lottery funding over a 10 year period.
In February 2012 it was announced that Rastrick was to be allocated £1m and a group of residents formed to take on this exciting opportunity of how to spend the money we had been so fortunate to receive.
In March 2013 the Rastrick Big Local partnership was formed with residents and representatives from supporting agencies working together. We are passionate about our area and our aim is to enable local change. We hope to bring together local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make Rastrick an event better place to live.
After consultation with our Community we drew up an initial plan for the period of 2014-2016. This was implemented and to date nearly £300,000 has been distributed to different groups and organisations who have come forward with exciting projects. We have funded around 56 small projects through our “Community small grants” with a number of bigger projects being funded through our Voice your Choice funding stream.
In 2018 we launched our “Big Impact” funding stream. Many years ago the Field Lane area of Rastrick had a Community centre which fell into disrepair and was closed in around 2011. A group of volunteers have been working for a number of years to seek funding to re-open this. We have recently agreed to pledge £150,000 to this project and works have recently commenced on this.
We are now in the process of implementing our plan for the period of 2016-2019.