Empowering Local

About Empowering Local

Empowering Local is a growing group of local, regional and national funders and infrastructure organisations committed to supporting place-based funding of the VCSE sector which meets the needs of children, young people and communities.

We believe that more attention needs to be paid to local need at a national level, and we want to support that to happen through collaboration and investment.

We are aiming to bring funders, infrastructure organisations and children and young people’s charities together to share learning, undertake new research, provide guidance on what ‘funding local well’ looks like and advocating for investment in place locally, regionally and nationally.

Current members of the group are:

•Children in Need

•John Lyon’s Charity

•Paul Hamlyn Foundation

•The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)

•The National Lottery Community Fund

•Westminster Foundation

•Young Kensington and Chelsea

•Young Manchester

•Youth Focus North East (representing the Network of Regional Youth Work Units)

•YPF Trust


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Research Proposal Opportunity

A call for proposals to explore the role of national funders in place-based funding.

The research project seeks to:

1. Inform our collective understanding of ‘sufficiency’ at a local level and what the ‘ideal ecosystem’ is

2. Identify examples of best practice in place-based funding

3. Provide guidance to national funders (and other stakeholders)

4. Advocate for investment in place, and place-based funding, at local, regional and national levels

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