What is the Place Based Social Action Fund?
Place Based Social Action (PBSA) is a joint £4.5m programme between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Big Lottery Fund (the Fund) using National Lottery funding.
PBSA aims to create positive change by enabling people, communities, local non-statutory organisations and the statutory sector to work collaboratively to create a shared vision for the future of their place, and address local priorities through social action.
The programme will support Big Lottery Fund’s commitment to supporting communities to flourish by delivering the change they want to see locally. It will support DCMS’ commitment to enable and build demand for social action to become routine in communities, and in public service design and delivery.
Who Can Apply?
The call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) is open to existing partnerships across England, who have identified or are already working together to address a social challenge or local priority in their area.
Only one EOI from each lower or single tier Local Authority area can be made and it must be endorsed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Local Authority.
Only 20 EOIs will be selected to take part in phase 1. In phase 1, partnerships will receive support and up to £5,000. Ten of these partnerships will be selected to apply for phase 2, with a grant of up to £240,000 on offer. And only 5 of these partnerships will be selected to apply for phase 3, with a further grant of up to £255,000 on offer.
- Phase 1 – for up to 20 areas, support and development, up to £5,000 towards expenses
- Phase 2 – For up to 10 areas, support and development, up to £240,000 grant award
- Phase 3 – For up to 5 areas, up to £255,000 grant award.
What can you spend the money on?
In the first phase you can apply for up to £5,000 to support expenses. This can pay for any reasonable revenue costs incurred during Phase 1, such as travel and subsistence, venue hire or promotion or consultation materials. This cannot be used for capital costs, such as the purchase of equipment.
In the first phase, you will also have specialist support to help create a shared vision and plan setting out how high impact social action can help respond to local priorities. This is an opportunity for partnerships to build and establish trusted networks locally, develop local capacity and capability, and identify potential social action opportunities.
Applicants should read the guidance and in particular notes on lead organisation requirements
Next steps/Application Process
NCC in line with the process outlined by Big Lottery are seeking applications to be made to the Authority. Bidders should submit the attached Outline Application of no more than 350 words per section (that is circa 4 pages of A4).
Outlines will then be considered by NCC and a full Expression of Interest worked up with the successful applicant prior to the submission date of November 28th.
Please download this document for the information that needs to be submitted to Northumberland County Council.