Locality, in partnership with the Local Government Association and delivery associates such as the Community Development Foundation are running the Our Place programme.

£4.3m package of support and grants for neighbourhoods has been made available by the Department for Communities & Local Government to support at least 100 neighbourhoods, with 20 driving proposals which break new ground.

News from Our Place

Our Place participants tell us about their projects and hopes for the future at the Getting ready to getting going event in the video below (with thanks to our partner, OPM).

For all the latest news, events, stories and resources, sign up for the Our Place enewsletter here.

Congratulations to all the successful 141 areas who have been accepted onto the Our Place Programme!  To see a description of each of the area’s projects, their locations and themes please refer to our 141 Successful Areas.

The Department for Communities & Local Government have also produced a map of all the Our Place areas.

Cost Benefit Analysis Webinars: Logic Model

It was great to see so many of you at the Logic Model webinars that we hosted on the 17th, 23rd and 25th of July.  The webinar presentation slides are now available on our Resources page – or you can download them directly by clicking here.  The written guidance that accompanies our Logic Model webinars is also on the Resources page or you can click here to download immediately.

Introduction to Cost Benefit Analysis Event, 15 July

Thank you to all those who attended the recent Introduction to Cost Benefit Analysis event on July 15 in Birmingham.  All slides and resources are now available on our resources page.  To access New Economy Manchester’s cost database please click here.

What is Our Place?

Our Place aims to give people more power over local services and budgets in their neighbourhoods, aligning these with all the other resources that the community can bring.

Communities and public service organisations will be supported to develop an operational plan and take control in their area to make sure that things work in the best way for local people.

Using the Our Place approach, you can influence how local services are designed, planned and delivered, this could mean:

  • setting up after-school activities for children
  • improving quality home care such as linking elderly people to volunteer helpers
  • creating jobs locally for example working with businesses to offer more local apprenticeships.

Our Place aims to support over 100 local neighbourhoods to work collaboratively with their communities to address a shared priority or local service, with the aim of each area having completed an operational plan that details how the local services they have prioritised will be transformed by March 2015.

Our Place Pilot Programme

A successful year-long pilot programme saw twelve neighbourhoods across the country working out how to improve the lives of local residents in 2012-2013.

The Department for Communities and Local Government published a Neighbourhood Community Budget pilot programme report that provides evidence of the benefits from this way of working starting to emerge in the 12 successful pilot areas. You can read about some of the pilot programmes under Case Studies and have a look at the building blocks of an Our Place operational plan and how different pilots approached this.

Our Place support and funding

A flexible package of support and grant payments to help areas achieve their vision and to deliver their operational plans to the Department of Communities & Local Government by 31 March 2015.

Please note that the programme is now closed to new applications.

Direct support

Areas will be put in touch with a Relationship Manager and will have consultancy and/or coaching support tailored to meet the needs of their neighbourhood. See Direct Support for further information.


Areas on the Our Place programme will be able to access grants of at least £13,000 during the programme. Most areas can also receive additional funding of £5,000 – £7,000 to help them use innovative and exemplar approaches and to help them go further with their plans.

Grants are split into three milestones: Getting Ready (up to £3,000 in year 1 with direct support), Getting Going (up to £10,000 in year 2 with further direct support) and Going Further (up to £20,000 for projects preparing to break new ground).

For more information on grants, go to the Grants page.

Cost Benefit Analysis

A cost benefit analysis is a way to demonstrate the potential impact and benefits of new ways of working. It involves comparing the total expected costs of a project with the total expected benefits, to see whether the outcomes outweigh the costs and by how much.

Read the Quick guide to cost benefit analysis, and view a presentation by David Morris at New Economy on Using cost benefit analysis to influence decisions within your neighbourhood at one of our Champions Network events.

Further resources

The Development Strategy guidance and Development Strategy template are now available under the Resources tab.

Presentation slides from the Cost Benefit Analysis events on 11 and 17 June, along with the presentations from speakers at the Our Place events 24 and 27 June are under the Resources tab.

Check our Our Place Frequently Asked Questions, or contact our advice team if you have any queries.

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