Nesta to trial local action programmes to inform Big Society agenda
The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) will be piloting programmes to test community organisation for the Big Society agenda.
The scheme, called Neighbourhood Challenge, will look to demonstrate how community organisers, when equipped with the right skills, and small, catalytic amounts of money can come up with innovative responses to local priorities, particularly in areas with low levels of social capital.
From February 2011 to February 2012 the participating organisations will receive financial and in-kind support to run their programmes in the neighbourhoods they have selected. The precise level of support will depend on the approach taken, but as a guide Nesta expects to provide each area with at least £150,000 worth of support.
To register interest, or for more information, go to www.nesta.org.uk/neighbourhood_challenge. The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is 22nd November at 12 noon.
Source: Civil Society News