1. Our grant terms and conditions
When we put in place a funding agreement with a LTO we ask them to sign terms and conditions. In the prohibited purposes section it states: “Grants must not be used for any purpose which is prohibited by Big Local funding, including… political activities.”
The primary purpose behind the grant conditions in relation to political activities is to ensure that:
- Big Local areas do not get drawn into matters of party political controversy at a local level, or become associated with the political positions of local political parties
- Big Local funds are not spent on activities that might be interpreted as politically-focused campaigning
We recognise that one of the big benefits of Big Local is its ability to provide local residents with a voice and the skills and confidence to influence decisions made in their area, and we have no wish to unnecessarily constrain this as a result of this guidance.