Your first Big Local plan
When your plan is ready, please submit it to us through Big Local Community (our funding management system).
Assessments are carried out by a member of our assessment team, then endorsed by a programme manager and, finally, authorised by the chief executive.
As part of this process, the assessor will read your Big Local plan, speak to the rep and then arrange to visit your Big Local area to meet your partnership and discuss the plan. It usually takes a month from receipt to endorsement, but that depends on when you can meet with one of our assessors.
Please note that we can only endorse your Big Local plan after we have endorsed your partnership for the area. For more information on the Big Local partnership, please read our guidance on Big Local partnerships.
Here are some of the questions we might ask when you submit your first Big Local plan, and why we might ask them.
Follow-on or new plans
Like your first Big Local plan, please submit any new, follow-on or revised plans through Big Local Community. Again, this assessment will be carried out by a member of our assessment team and endorsed by a programme manager before final authorisation by the chief executive. The assessor will read your Big Local plan and your review, speak to the rep, and then arrange to visit your Big Local area to meet your partnership to discuss the review and the new plan.
Here are the kinds of questions we might ask when you submit your next Big Local plan and why we ask them.
When we assess your plan, we also carry out due-diligence checks on your locally trusted organisation(s), and might also have a conversation with them. For more information, read our guidance on locally trusted organisations.
What happens after a plan is endorsed?
Once your plan is endorsed, we write to the chair of
the Big Local partnership. The letter confirms endorsement of your plan and the
amount of money we will award to your locally trusted organisation(s) on your
area’s behalf. The endorsement usually covers the timeline of the plan, so if
your plan runs from 2015-18, that’s the plan we endorse. We put together a
payment schedule that sets out when your locally trusted organisation(s) will
draw down funding to deliver the plan.
We also send a letter to your locally trusted
organisation to confirm that the plan has been endorsed, the value of funding, and
the period that the agreement covers. Included in the letter will be the grant
terms and conditions, along with a payment schedule. We pay the first six months
of this funding once we get the signed terms and conditions back from the
locally trusted organisation, and then pay further instalments every six months
once the locally trusted organisation completes the monitoring forms that
trigger the payments.
Towards the end of each payment period we will
contact your locally trusted organisation and ask them to complete a spend
report. This is so that they can update us on what’s been used so far and what
they expect to use in the next payment period. This will enable us to work with
your locally trusted organisation to ensure they have the right amount of
funding to deliver the plan. We know not every plan runs exactly to time or as
set out in the payment schedule, and with your locally trusted organisation we
are able to amend this timetable so that it works for you locally.