About Place Based Social Action

PBSA is a joint £4.5 million programme between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Big Lottery Fund using National Lottery funding

The aim is 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 supports 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.

Social action is about people coming together to help improve their lives and solve the problems that are important in their communities. It involves people giving their time and other resources for the common good.

This can be in a range of forms from volunteering and community owned services to simple neighbourly acts.

Who can apply?

The call for Expressions of Interest is open to existing partnerships across England, who have identifies or are already working together to address a social challenge or local priority in their area.

The programme only accepts one EOI from each lower or single tier Local Authority area and it must be endorsed by the Chief Executive Officer of your Local Authority.

If the programme receives more than one EOI from a local authority area, they may decide no EOI from that area will be considered.

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 £225,000 on offer.

What can the money be spent on?

The first phase can be used to support expenses. This can pay for any reasonable revenue costs incurred during phase 1 such as travel and subsistence, venue hire, promotion, or consultation materials. It 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.

For additional information on this programme please follow the link provided or use the contact details also provided on the right hand side.