Big Local lets local residents decide how they want to spend £1 million.

This website will tell you about Big Local, the area and the plans of the resident-led partnership which manages the spending programme.

Big Local Covid 19 Support Grant


The Resident Led Partnership of Big Local North East Hastings today (27 April 2020) opens a grant scheme to fund projects and services that support residents in the Big Local area (map attached) during lockdown.  This scheme replaces our usual Small Grants scheme and the rules are a little different so please read the attached guidance where the full details are available.

  • Grants of up to £2000 are available
  • There is no deadline for applications and we aim to get you a speedy response
  • We can fund existing work in north-east Hastings or a proportion of town-wide projects.

It’s unlikely that we have anticipated every possible circumstance in these “unprecedented” times so please feel very welcome to call Jan Papworth, our Community Development Worker if you have any questions at all.  We are keen to support safe activities that help our residents during lockdown and aim to be as flexible and supportive as we can to community groups and not-for-profit organisations who can deliver it.

An application form and guidance are attached at the bottom of this screen.  For an editable version of the application form (which we are unable to upload to the website) please email jan@hastingsvoluntaryaction.org.

 AGM 2019 - 21st September 2019

We held our  most recent AGM on Saturday 21st September 2019 at the Bridge Community Centre in Priory Road.  The partnership were joined by local residents who elected the partnership for the coming year.  Our Chair, Richard Street, delivered his report on Big Local activity since the last AGM 15 months ago.  It's attached at the bottom of this page if you would like to read it.

If you would like to have a chat about joining the partnership, contact Jan on 01424 444010 or email jan@hastingsvoluntaryaction.org.uk

Newsletter 3 - November 2019

The third edition of our newsletter has just been published.  It's written by our chair, Richard Street, and talks about projects that have recently been approved for funding by the Resident Led Partnership and will be delivering services in North East Hastings.  You can download the newsletter at the bottom of this page.

Facebook and Twitter

Big Local has a Facebook page which is regularly updated with news of our funded activities, events taking place locally, and lots of of other things of interest to people living in and around Ore.  Please visit the page and give us a "like"! 


We have recently reactivated our Twitter account, BigLocalNEHastings, @BigLocalHasting.  Follow us to find out what's going on.

Come and join us!

We are seeking more residents to join the Big Local Resident Led Partnership.  You don’t need any special experience but you should live in the Big Local area and care about what happens to it and the people living in it.  The partnership is a small, friendly group who are all keen to see improvements in the area.  Joining the partnership means attending a monthly meeting (held in the early evening and in the Big Local area) and together with other residents overseeing the delivery of our new action plan.  There are opportunities to get involved with other activities, if you are interested.

For more information contact Jan Papworth, our Community Development Worker on 01424 444010

The new Big Local plan for 2017-20 was endorsed by our funder Local Trust on 12th May 2017

The plan was created by the resident led partnership following a community consultation conducted by a local consortium led by Nick Wates Associates.

Click here to view the new plan and the consultation document. http://www.biglocalnortheasthastings.org.uk/node/58

Expenses for volunteers

Our expenses policy and claim form is available by clicking here.

Local Trust

Big Local is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by Local Trust.  Catch up here with the latest Local Trust news, including what’s happening in 150 Big Local areas across England by clicking here.


Human Fruit Machine Fun Day 2018