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Big Local partnerships

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Question: What is a Big Local partnership?

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Answer: The Big Local partnership is a group of at least eight people, who together are responsible for guiding the overall direction of Big Local in your area. The majority of members (51%) will be people who normally live within the Big Local area’s boundaries. For more information see our programme guidance - Making Big Local Happen, located in our Library section.

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Question: Can we include people or organisations from outside our area boundary in our partnership or activities?

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Answer: The partnership should make links with many different individuals, groups and organisations in your area. This could include voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, councillors and MPs, public and private organisations and businesses operating in or near your area to identify opportunities and build links where funding, expertise, joint working and/or support can be provided to the benefit of the local area. For more information see our programme guidance - Making Big Local Happen, located in our Library section.

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Locally trusted organisations

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Question: What is a locally trusted organisation?

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Answer: A locally trusted organisation is the organisation nominated and endorsed by your partnership to administer and account for the distribution of Big Local funding in your area, and/or deliver activities or services on behalf of the Big Local partnership.

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Question: What fee does the locally trusted organisation receive?

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Answer: The locally trusted organisation for your area will receive 5% of the total annual draw down towards partnership running costs or grant administration. This is in addition to your area's £1m. This is usually paid to the locally trusted organisation towards their cost of administering and accounting for the funding. If you want your locally trusted organisation to provide more support than is achievable within the 5% you may have to pay extra for these services.

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Big Local plans

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Question: When do we have to submit a plan by?

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Answer: There’s no deadline, we want you to submit a plan when you’re ready to.

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Question: What’s in a Big Local plan?

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Answer: Big Local plans tend to include: a summary of the area – what it’s like (but this might be in your profile), your vision, your priorities, the activities you plan to fund and how to achieve that, how progress will be checked, a budget and a timeline. For more information see our programme guidance - Making Big Local Happen, located in our Library section.

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Question: Can we have our plan approved before we have a Big Local partnership?

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Answer: No, we (Local Trust) need to endorse the partnership before we can endorse the plan.

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Question: How are Big Local plans assessed?

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Answer: Once the plan is submitted by the Big Local partnership, we aim to complete our assessment and provide a decision within four working weeks of receipt of the plan. Our assessment process includes a member of the Local Trust team visiting the area to have a discussion with the people driving Big Local forward including members of the partnership and the locally trusted organisation (together or separate, whichever is more convenient for those in the area). The purpose of this visit is to understand the plan better, build relationships, as well as clarify any questions or gain further details if needed.

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Question: Can you change your plan once it is endorsed?

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Answer: Yes you can. If you choose to change the activities or the cost please get in touch with Local Trust so that we can agree these changes with you.

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Big Local reps

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Question: What is the role of the Big Local rep?

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The role of a rep is to help you achieve your vision for your Big Local area through support, advice and appropriate challenge. Rep support includes guiding your area through the Big Local pathway, often working through the Big Local partnership. The rep also represents Local Trust in your area. They report back to Local Trust and partners to ensure we use your experiences to improve how the programme operates.

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Big Local Community

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Question: How do I register?

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To register go to https://www.biglocalcommunity.org.uk and complete a short online form to create an account

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Question: What is Big Local Community?

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Big Local Community is the funding management system for Big Local. People in Big Local areas can submit funding proposals, end of funding reports and provide information on progress.

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Question: I've forgotton my password/I'm locked out of the system - what do I do?

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Don’t worry! Next to the log in option there is an option for ‘forgot password’. This will ask you to recreate a new password. Once you have created a new password you can log in. If you cannot remember your username or email address please contact Local Trust and we will help reset your account.

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Question: Where can I find proposal forms?

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In order to complete proposal forms you'll need to get in touch with us to make sure you have the right permissions. Then you just log in, find your area and select proposals.

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Communications

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Question: As a Big Local area, do we have to use any logos to acknowledge the money?

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Big Local areas are required to acknowledge Big Lottery Fund by using their logo on publicity materials. This is so that people who take part in Big Local activities know that the funding for them is from Big Lottery Fund. Big Lottery Fund’s logo and guidelines for using it can be downloaded from http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/index/grant-uk/logo/logo_download.htm It is not a requirement but if you would like to use the Local Trust | Big Local logo you can download these in our Media section (located at the foot of the page).

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Question: We've made a film, how do we share it with Local Trust and others?

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If you upload your film to YouTube and let us know where to find it, we can feature it on our YouTube channel as well as promote it to others on our social media. If your film is saved somewhere else, just get in touch and we'll talk to you about how we can share it.

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Question: We've got a great story - how can we promote it?

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We're always keen to share stories from Big Local areas. We can share stories in lots of different ways. Get in touch by phone or email and we'll be happy to talk to you about it.

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We’re moving! Please update your records

From Monday 21 August, the Local Trust office will move to CAN Mezzanine, 7-14 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4YR.

We will be unable to answer the phone on Friday 18 August and Monday 21 August: during this time please email us instead, info@localtrust.org.uk

After the move, our main telephone number will not change, it will remain 020 3588 0565.

There will be changes to the direct dial telephone numbers of some staff members.

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