The Neighbourhood Challenge is a new programme from NESTA, working with the Big Lottery Fund, to support community-led innovation. It aims to show how community organisations ‚ “when equipped with the right skills, practical tools and small, catalytic amounts of money,” can galvanise people to work together to create innovative responses to local priorities, particularly in neighbourhoods with low levels of social capital.

Around 600 community organisations across England originally applied to be part of the 12 month programme of which 17 organisations will now be provided with funding and support to trial an approach to community organising that reflects their own vision for what will work best in their area.

We will provide the practical tools and high-quality training needed for participating organisations to help people in their communities create local campaigns, innovative community projects and new social enterprises that address their passions and priorities. We will also provide micro-finance to support the development of local projects and establish local challenge prizes to incentivise community-led innovation.

We’ll be following the progress of the seventeen teams and reporting on them through this blog. In turn each of the teams is tasked with documenting their own experience through their own blogs, and we’ll start to see that happen in the next few weeks as they get set-up.

The Neighbourhood Challenge is a new programme from NESTA, working with the Big Lottery Fund, to support community-led innovation. It aims to show how community organisations “when equipped with the right skills, practical tools and small, catalytic amounts of money” can galvanise people to work together to create innovative responses to local priorities, particularly in neighbourhoods with low levels of social capital.

Around 600 community organisations across England originally applied to be part of the 12 month programme of which 17 organisations will now be provided with funding and support to trial an approach to community organising that reflects their own vision for what will work best in their area.

We will provide the practical tools and high-quality training needed for participating organisations to help people in their communities create local campaigns, innovative community projects and new social enterprises that address their passions and priorities. We will also provide micro-finance to support the development of local projects and establish local challenge prizes to incentivise community-led innovation.

We’ll be following the progress of the teams and reporting on them through this blog. In turn each of the teams is tasked with documenting their own experience through their own blogs, and we’ll start to see that happen in the next few weeks as they get set-up.

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