Locality, in partnership with the Local Government Association and delivery associates such as the Community Development Foundation, are delighted to be awarded the contract to run the Our Place programme.
A £4.3m package of support and grants for neighbourhoods has been made available by the Department for Communities and Local Government to support at least 100 neighbourhoods, with 20 driving proposals which break new ground.
The programme will be open to applications from 20 January 2014.
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
Support and grants
The Our Place programme will help Areas working to transform local public services in three ways:
- direct support – you will be put in touch with a relationship manager, consultancy/coaching support tailored to meet the needs of your neighbourhood
- grant payments
- Small Getting Ready grants of £3,000 in Year 1 with some direct support
- Getting Going grants of £10,000 in Year 2 with further direct support
- Going Further grants of between £5,000 and £7,500 for those who are prepared to push the boundaries and up to £20,000 for projects preparing to break new ground
- shared learning opportunities (including peer groups, coaching, training and learning events, networking opportunities) for Areas on the programme, as well as those who are not on the programme but who are interested in using the Our Place approach to transform local services in their neighbourhoods.
The purpose of the programme is to support neighbourhood areas to work collaboratively to address a shared priority or local service area – for example healthcare, or employment.
We are not able to provide grants for capital projects or running costs which relate solely to a specific building or service / activity.
Who is eligible?
Registered charities, community organisations, parish and town councils, local authorities or other public sector service bodies in England will be able to apply.
An Area is defined as the combined partnership of the community, local authority and/or other service providers eg local businesses and voluntary based organisations, and other partners who are jointly using the Our Place approach to tackle issues in a neighbourhood.
What we learnt from the pilots
A successful year-long pilot programme saw twelve neighbourhoods across the country working out how to improve the lives of local residents.
Find out more about Our Place and what the pilot areas achieved.
See our Ten Top Tips for Success
Now it’s your turn to take up the mantle – show us how things can be done better in your area.
Start talking to your community about what they want to do differently.
To express your interest in becoming an Our Place neighbourhood or if you have a specific question, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will update you when resources become available to help prepare your application.
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