London Borough of Barnet

Big Society Innovation Bank 2011/12

2011/12 Awards

The first round of applications ('Round One') closed in July 2011. In deciding on which applications to fund, we looked at how well the project benefited the local community and whether the project was innovative, deliverable and financially viable without public sector funding. It attracted 79 bids worth £1.9 million, more than nine times the amount available. Nine of these projects were selected for the final grant awards.

Unfortunately, both the Barnet Community project bid and Haley Blackman’s project bid were abandoned owing to unforeseen circumstances. Remaining funds from these two projects were added to the budget for BSIB 2012-13.




(a) Jesus House

£50,000 (combined award for two applicants to work in partnership)

(a) Support for young people who are not in education, employment or training ('NEET') to develop business ideas through creation of the 'Barnet Youth Business Incubator'

(b) Elevation Networks

(b) Training and volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged young people, focusing on engagement with older people in the community

Energise Barnet


Development of an effective approach to reduce Barnet's carbon footprint per head; to increase the energy efficiency of homes and buildings; to reduce fuel poverty; and to make renewable energy more affordable

Age UK Barnet


Training to prevent malnutrition in older people

London Ambulance Responder Group


Recruitment of doctors and police men and women to work in their own time to provide a 'blue light' emergency medical response capability to enhance the provision by the London Ambulance Service

Barnet Community Projects


A home decorating and maintenance service for the vulnerable and disadvantaged (in partnership with Age UK Barnet), providing training and employment opportunities for young unemployed people. This project was abandoned due to unforeseen circumstances.

Barnet Federation of Allotment and Horticultural Societies


Training for allotment societies to take on management of the allotment sites

Barnet Voice for Mental Health


Provision of a 'safe space' in community venues to support people with mental health problems to be more resilient and take control of their lives

Haley Blackman


Workshops to help first time tenants to manage their finances; sustain their tenancies; and live independently. This project was abandoned due to unforeseen circumstances.

Barnet's Big Society Innovation Bank

If you have any general enquiries about the Innovation Bank, please contact the Third Sector Commissioning Team.

Third Sector Commissioning Team
Building 2.
North London Business Park,
London N11 1NP

Tel: 020 8359 2001