WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU GET YOUR IDEA OFF THE GROUND


SO YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR LOCAL AREA.

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SUPPORT CAN INCLUDE:

Personal Support

We provide 1-to-1 support to help you develop your idea, understand your budgets and give you opportunities to network and build your skills.

Expert Advice

We will connect you to others, including partners who bring expertise, knowledge and skills to help your idea develop further.

Resources

We offer funding from £500 to £15,000, paid directly to you.
WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR:
About You
You are passionate about improving your community and gaining skills for yourself. You live, work, volunteer or have a business in a ‘Big Local’ area (click here for a full list). If you don’t live in one of these areas you should click here to see other support options.
Your Ideas
You know your local area, the challenges it faces and the opportunities. You have a great idea that will be of benefit to your community.
What You Need
You could be at any stage of your journey, you need some help to make sure that this is the right decision, to create a plan for how it will happen, and then to do it.
WHICH AWARD:
Try It Awards
Offer small amounts of funding of up to £500 for individuals to try out their ideas to improve their local area. This might mean learning more about what is needed in the area or trying the project on a small scale.
Do It Awards
Are up to £5,000 with an average Award size of £2,500. Star People who have completed Try It Awards may now feel confident enough to be able to develop their project. Other people may come straight in at this level as they demonstrate they have the energy and skills to take forward an idea that has some project planning already in place.
Build It Awards
in exceptional cases we will offer up to £15,000 of funding to individuals who have an established social venture or community project or who have the potential to develop rapidly.
ARE YOU INTERESTED?

If you live, work or volunteer in a Big Local area and you have an idea for a venture that you’d like support for, please fill in our simple online form as carefully as possible.

Please make sure you have read the Award Criteria carefully before applying.

Be sure to select one of the Star People awards (See, which Award?) in the Selecting an Award section. Once you’ve done that a further question will be asked about which area you are connected with.

If you have already spoken to one of our Award Managers please let us know in the How Did You Hear About Us section.

Application now closed

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AWARD CRITERIA
We support individuals who:
  • Are 16 years old or over*
  • Live, work, or volunteer and/or have an established business in a Big Local area
  • Are passionate about improving their local area and gaining skills for themselves
  • Apply as an individual or group not formally constituted
*We are willing to support applicants aged 11-16 in places where there are partners who are willing to work with us to offer support to young social entrepreneurs.
To be eligible your idea must:
  • Benefit your local area
  • Have real social impact
  • Be new and innovative
  • Have potential
We will not fund:
  • Individuals who are not connected with their Big Local Area
  • Existing businesses, established constituted groups and organisations
  • Political campaigning or advancement of religion
  • Any activity outside of the law, against public policy or anything that fosters ethnic, religious or other disharmony
  • An idea that is solely to undertake academic qualifications