Communities Living Sustainably submission is invited to bid


Hi all,

Well after over a hundred hours of volunteer time by members of Transition Harborough and volunteers from VASL and Welland Park Community College our bid Expression of Interest has gone through to the second round. We hear that 217 communities applied and the shortlist, of which we are one of 30 communities to go through.

We now have just over three months in which to prepare a fully worked up project proposal to get through to the main funding of upto £1 million.

Here is the press release from our partner the Rural Community Council.


Read the Big Lottery press release here with the list of the 29 other communities selected.

Big Lottery Funding Celebration

The Rural Community Council and Transition Harborough are celebrating their successful joint bid to the Communities Living Sustainably Fund from the Big Lottery.

The two organisations in partnership with Severn Trent Water, Leicestershire County Council, Seven Locks Housing, Voluntary Action South Leicestershire and Welland Park Community College have been granted £10,000 to work in partnership with local people, councils, schools, businesses, and voluntary groups to draw up detailed plans for how their community can become greener with a chance to gain a further £1m to deliver their project ideas.

Fuel poverty, rising food prices and scarce resources are just some of the issues in the sights of BIG’s Communities Living Sustainably programme which aims to inspire people to adapt the way they live, work and connect together to reap financial, environmental and health gains.

Rural Community Council (Leicestershire and Rutland) is one of only 30 organisations chosen across the country to work with partners in Market Harborough to develop plans to build energy efficient homes, retro fitting for housing association properties, training people in energy and monetary efficiency, promoting green roofs for schools and businesses, growing and sharing food locally water saving and promotion of local crafts.

Later in the year, ten of the 30 schemes will be chosen to receive up to £1 million to deliver their ideas. The learning gained from the ten funded projects over a five-year period will be shared with other communities in England to inform and influence others on how communities can become more sustainable.

Mick McGrath, Big Lottery Fund Head of Region for East Mildands, said: “We want to support local communities to make greener choices to improve their quality of life and help them to become resilient to the changing environment. The small steps being taken by these projects will have a big impact and will hopefully spark a change in behaviour that makes sustainable living second nature to us all.”

To help them achieve their goals, a partnership led by Groundwork UK and including BRE, Federation of City Farms, Energy Savings Trust and nef has been appointed to deliver support, advice and guidance to the community partnerships. They will also establish a learning support network to capture and share learning with other communities and to inform the future development of investments in BIG’s Sustainable and Resilient Communities strategy. (

Diana Cook from the Rural Community Council said ‘This is an exciting project and a great opportunity to reinforce the work of the RCC Communities Cutting Carbon Project and further enhance great partnership working with the community in Harborough. The experience of partners and enthusiasm of the community will drive the project towards its £1m goal’

Editors Notes

Communities Living Sustainably is part of the Big Lottery Fund’s £50m Sustainable and Resilient Communities strategy that aims to encourage behaviour change amongst individuals and communities so they can cope better with the environmental, economic and social impacts of a changing climate. Vulnerable people, including those on low-incomes or older people, are less likely to cope with the negative effects of climate change such as floods and heat waves or severe cold weather.

For more information on the Big Lottery

Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 020 7211 1888 Out of hours media contact: 07867 500 572 Full details of the Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available on the website:

The Rural Community Council (Leicestershire & Rutland) is a charity that works to support communities in rural areas to undertake projects that enhance the quality of life. To this end we are involved with a wide range of projects and issues, all of which are becoming of increasing importance.

For more information on the local project contact Diana Cook 0116 2689706

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