Tuesday, 11 December 2012


Newington is set to receive at least £1 million of lottery funding as part of a national ‘Big Local’ initiative.

That’s the news following an announcement today (Monday 10 December) from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG).

The funding is part of a £200 million programme of investment which was launched in July 2010 by BIG and is managed by the Local Trust.

The initiative was set up to support small urban and rural communities to come together to make their areas even better places to live.

The funding can be used on anything from starting up social enterprises and addressing unemployment to tackling local issues or providing more activities and services for people locally.

Leader of Thanet Council, Cllr Clive Hart, said: “It’s fantastic that Newington has been chosen to be part of the Big Local programme. Receiving £1 million to inject into the local community is very welcome news.

“An exciting part of this funding is that the scheme is completely resident led, so it will be entirely up to people in the area to use the money on the things that matter most to them. This means there a chance for the whole community to have an input about what’s needed in the area and what could be done to improve things.

“As well as substantial funding, residents will also receive training and support to help them identify priorities and develop a plan for their area. I’m delighted for the residents of Ramsgate.”

There are four main outcomes that Big Local is hoping to achieve:

·         Communities will be able to better identify local needs and take action in response to them;
·         People will have increased skills and confidence so that they continue to identify and respond to needs in the future;
·         The community will make a difference to the needs it prioritises;
·         People will feel that their area is a better place to live.

The Big Local programme will be run by the Local Trust. As part of this a "Big Local Rep" employed by the Lottery will communicate with the community and help to guide the programme.

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