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Close out FAQs

Below are answers to frequently asked questions and answers about closing out from the Big Local programme.

Q: Can our grant be extended beyond March 2026?

A: No. All Big Local funds must be spent and the grant closure completed before March 2026. If your final plan is likely to finish near to March 2026, we recommended that all funds are spent by September 2025. This will allow for any delay or underspend, as well as enough time to wind down the partnership and complete the steps required to close out the grant.

Close out checklist
LTOs and funding
Plan review
Accessing Local Trust support
Legacy networks
Learning from Big Local website

If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please speak to your area advisors or coordinators in the first instance, or get in touch with us at