We asked the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) to identify the distinctive features of our funding model.
They identified our core principle as resident control, and described four key features of our model that flow from this core principle: time and pace, willingness to take risks, ‘light touch’ and flexible support, and sustainability through making investments in communities and maximising assets. You can view a summary of these features on our blog or in the summary leaflet.
The report also describes how Big Local was set up, and how this ensures resident control. Because Big Local is run through a trust, local spending is not subject to central or government determined targets and timetables.