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The role of small grants in Big Local: scoping paper

9 May 2022

This paper aims to summarise what Local Trust knows about the small grants funds operating in Big Local areas.

This paper is part of our Local Trust research papers series, originally shared internally with staff and explores why so many Big Local areas have implemented small grants programmes, the impacts these programmes have on their local community, and what makes small grants effective. It also draws on external examples of small grants programmes and funders to place the experiences of Big Local areas into context. The paper concludes by looking at potential next steps Local Trust could take to capitalise on their position as a funder that has contributed to 140 small grants programmes across England.