What has been happening to the £1 million Toothill Big Local Lottery grant you might ask?
Rest assured it’s still there and waiting to be used. But it needs to have the agreed processes in place to ‘open the box’ and much has been happening to make this a reality.
Since the grant was awarded, the Toothill Steering Group, funded by a small pot of lottery start-up money, has worked hard on engagement and activities across the community. Most recently the 50 Shades social group for older people was started and a series of barbecue pop ups are planned.
The £1 million grant itself is held by the Lottery Big Local and can be drawn down on a 6 monthly basis over 10 years to fund bids which fulfil the lottery criteria. As per lottery rules the funds themselves will be held by a local trusted financial organisation rather than the Toothill group. The grant comes with a set of obligations to ensure clear, consistent, accountable and auditable processes are in place and compliant with the ethos of the Lottery Big Local.
Since March a partnership committee, 9 of the 11 members being Toothill residents, has been in place and working to establish these processes which includes signatory to a Memorandum of Understanding for all committee members.
Our target is to be open for bids in September when receipt, assessment, decision and monitoring of funding bids (irrespective of amount) will be managed by the committee through regular formal meetings. Guidance will be available as to the information potential bidders will be required to provide.
In the meantime, please bear with us as we establish the processes and procedures to bring the lottery £1,000,000 to Toothill and ensure that a consistent and transparent management process is in place for all.
Our web site is being refreshed and we are establishing an office at Toothill Community Centre.
If you’d like to hear more or get involved please email: Toothill.firstname.lastname@example.org
The committee getting ready to disburse the National Lottery £1 million allocated to Toothill under the Big Local programme is holding open air ‘pop up’ events for children and parents/carers.
Rather than organise a big summer festival, the six events in open spaces around Toothill will give people the chance to learn the latest about Big Local – which was announced almost three years ago – and discuss the kind of projects that could be funded by the lottery money targeted at Toothill.
The free barbecues will take place (weather permitting) on:
Thursday 25 July, 3pm to 5pm, outside Toothill Community Centre;
Friday 2 August, 1pm to 3pm, Westlea Park;
Monday 5 August, 11am to 1pm, Markenfield Park;
Tuesday 13 August, 2pm to 4pm, Toothill Farm;
Wednesday 21 August, 11am to 1pm, Belver Park, Beaumaris Road.
The pop ups are aimed at Toothill children, but younger children need to be accompanied by parents.
Apart from the barbecues, there will be a variety of activities organised for each venue, though a litter pick will take place at all of them.