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 sixteen 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.