Most Popular Questions
  1. Invest Local an opportunity for 13 communities across Wales to make their local area a better place to live. It gives funding and support to each community for ten years. You can find out more about the programme here.

  2. Each community has £1m to spend over the lifetime of the programme on local priorities. There will also be a small fund, shared between all communities for learning activities.

  3. Each community decides how it wants to spend the money. We’ll be asking people from each community to get involved, and talking to a wide range of people about what developments they’d like to see in their area. There are three phases to the programme: Getting Going, Driving Change and Shared Learning, which you can find more about here.

  4. The areas were chosen by the Big Lottery Fund, which wanted to reach communities that may have been overlooked for funding in the past, and ensure a spread of communities across the whole of Wales.

  5. We’ll publish details of the communities once they agree that they want to become Invest Local areas. We are talking to communities about the programme during autumn 2015 and hope to announce details early in 2016.

  6. Invest Local starts with what people in communities want. We believe that the people who live and work in the communities are the best people to decide how their areas should develop. We want people to identify the strengths and skills of their communities, and use these alongside the funding, to create projects and activities that bring long-term, positive change.

  7. Invest Local definitely isn’t in competition with other programmes or organisations. In fact, working together with other groups and organisations is an essential part of the way we do things. We know that there’s already so much good work going on in each area, and we want each community to choose how they want to build on this work.

  8. Because it’s an opportunity for everyone living in the community to have a say in how their areas will develop over the next 10 years. We want as many people as possible to give us their ideas and opinions, so that Invest Local benefits everyone that lives there.

  9. BCT is the organisation that delivers Invest Local.

  10. Invest Local has been targeted at 13 communities, so we can invest resources in these areas to make positive change. There are no plans to add any additional areas to the programme. 

  11. Your Invest Local officer will give you support and advice to help you achieve your vision for your area. The officer also represents BCT, reporting back to BCT so your experiences improve the way the programme operates.

  12. There are lots of ways to get involved, whether you have a great idea, want to help make things happen or you’d like to find out what’s going on. Over the next few months, there’ll be a series of meetings and events about Invest Local in your area. Contact your Invest Local Officer to find out more.

  13. We want everyone who lives and works in an Invest Local area to have a say in how the money is used. The community creates its own Invest Local plan, deciding what its aims are and how it plans to achieve them. 

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Building Communities Trustee Ltd is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Company number: 8916805. Charity number: 1164509. Registered in England and Wales. Invest Local Trust charity number: 1164509-1.