Barnet Big Society 2

Barnet’s Big Society Innovation Bank is launching a second round of bids to support ideas which address local challenges and create positive changes in Barnet.

Last year the council made seven awards to projects including the a volunteer emergency service run by medical staff and a scheme to support residents in becoming more energy efficient.

The Innovation Bank allows residents and not-for-profit groups to submit bids for sums of between £500 and £50,000 to help turn their ideas into a reality.   This year the council is asking individuals and communities to think of ideas and solutions which empower residents, find local solutions to local problems, or support people into employment.

The council say they are keen to support individuals and groups to develop their ideas into projects and is asking residents to initially only provide an ‘Expression of Interest’.

Councillor Robert Rams, Member for Customer Access and Partnerships, said: “In the first round of bids we saw so some fantastically innovative solutions to very local problems.  We believe a small amount of money can unlock a huge amount of potential.”

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