London Borough of Barnet

Residents encouraged to bid for second round of Big Society funding

Published Monday 18 June 2012

Community minded residents are being given another chance to bid for a financial help in kick-starting local projects.

Barnet’s Big Society Innovation Bank is launching a second round of bids to support great ideas which address local challenges and create positive changes in Barnet.

Last year the council made seven awards to innovative projects including the London Ambulance Service, a volunteer emergency service run by medical staff and Energise Barnet, a scheme to support residents in becoming more energy efficient.

The Innovation Bank allows residents and not-for-profit groups to submit bids for sums of between £500 and £50,000 to help turn their ideas into a reality.

This year the council is asking individuals and communities to think of ideas and solutions to the following three themes:

  • Empowering residents
  • Local solutions to local problems
  • Supporting people into employment

The council is keen to support individuals and groups to develop their ideas into great community projects and initially is asking residents to provide a short ‘Expression of Interest’.

This is an opportunity for applicants to tell the council a bit about themselves, skills and experience and initial ideas on how they can create innovative and practical ideas which deliver change.

Applicants need to be over 18 and live, work or study in Barnet.

The deadline for submissions is 6 July 2012.

Councillor Robert Rams, Member for Customer Access and Partnerships, said: “In the first round of bids we saw so some fantastically innovative solutions to very local problems.

“We believe a small amount of money can unlock a huge amount of potential which is why I would encourage residents to devote as much energy as before to developing some really imaginative ideas.”

To find out more and download the Expression of Interest form visit Barnet’s Big Society Innovation Bank. You can contact the Innovation Bank team by:

Email: innovation.bank@barnet.gov.uk

Twitter :@InnovationBank 

Tel: 0208 359 2020

Contact Press Officer: Sue Cocker