New £4.5 million funding programme to support Place Based Social Action in England

26 October 2017

A new funding programme supporting communities to take action on issues which matter locally has been launched by the Big Lottery Fund and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The Placed Based Social Action programme will support established partnerships to put social action at the heart of plans to make a positive difference in their local area.

The £4.5 million of National Lottery and government funding aims to increase the capacity of communities, civil society organisations, public sector bodies and businesses to work together to address priorities which matter to people locally. Phase one of the programme is open to expressions of interest until 28 November 2017.

What is it all about?

The PBSA will provide support and funding to enable local partnerships to identify, map and address local priorities through social action.

By building on the strengths of local areas we are seeking to:
• Support local communities, public sector organisations, service providers, civil society organisations and businesses to work together to address local priorities.
• Increase the capability and ability of local people and organisations to take action on the issues that matter to them.
• Encourage new ways of working, so that the people who live and work in an area have more meaningful influence and ownership over local services.

What’s available?

PBSA is a three stage programme offering different levels of support and funding at each stage.

Phase 1 - Development
Over a one year period, a support and development contractor will work with up to 20 partnerships 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 receive one years’ worth of support to build and establish trusted networks locally, develop local capacity and capability, and identify potential social action opportunities.

Up to £5,000 will be available to contribute towards expenses in each of the 20 places. 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.

Phase 2 - Delivery
Based on the strength and ambition of the visions and plans, up to 10 partnerships will be awarded a grant of approximately £240,000 over a three year period to implement their social action plan. The support and development contractors will remain in place to deliver a bespoke package to each partnership.

Phase 3 – Scale and Sustain
The most promising 5 partnerships will be awarded approximately £255,000 to continue delivering their local action plans over the following 3 years, and scale up social action to build better local outcomes during and beyond the duration of this programme.

Who can apply?
We will only consider one application from each lower or single tier Local Authority area.
The submitted application for your area should be endorsed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of your Local Authority.
PBSA will support applications which can show evidence of existing partnerships.

Find out more


Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities
07 917 230 121

Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme run by

Soil Association

Food Matters

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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