Star People

Running alongside Big Local is the Star People Awards, run by a charity called UnLtd.  Star People Awards offer a tailored package of funding and support for people (“social entrepreneurs”) who have ideas that will improve our area, and the vision, drive and commitment to make them a reality.   Read more 

How to apply

In order to apply for a Star People award, applicants must complete an Expression of Interest form by visiting:

1. Answer 5 questions about your venture, keep it simple and short.

2. When asked ‘“Which Award are you interested in?’,” select the Award level you would like to apply for. (Star People Try It, Star People Do It or Star People Build It).

3. If you live outside the north east Hastings area please contact Dave Hinton at for advice. 

If you need a paper application form, email and one will be sent out.

Who can apply?

Star People are looking for individuals who:

•    Are 16 years old or over*

•    Live, work, or volunteer and/or have an established business in our Big Local area

•    Are passionate about improving the local area and gaining skills for yourself

•    Apply as an individual or group not formally constituted

*Star People are willing to support applicants aged 11-16 in places where there are partners who are can work with us to offer support to young social entrepreneurs.  For more information contact Dave Hinton at

What level of award should you choose?

Try It Awards - Funding up to £500 for individuals to try out their ideas. This might mean learning more about what is needed in the area or trying the project on a small scale.

Do It Awards - Funding up to £5,000 with an average Award size of £2,500. Star People who have completed Try It Awards may now feel confident enough to be able to develop their project. Other people may come straight in at this level as they demonstrate they have the energy and skills to take forward an idea that has some project planning already in place.

Build It Awards - In exceptional cases we will offer up to £15,000 of funding to individuals who have an established social venture or community project or who have the potential to develop rapidly.

The following organisations in and around Hastings are among those which have received support from Star People.  Click on the names for further information:

About Star People

UnLtd is one of Local Trust’s national partners supporting your work within Big Local Areas and running the Star People programme.

The Star People programme has made over 500 Awards to individuals living, working volunteering and running businesses in over 100 of the 150 Big Local Areas. It has funded a host of social ventures addressing a wide range of issues.

Learn more about the people we have funded by watching some Star  People's videos.  Clicke here