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November 2, 2016

More attention to local planning

Most grant schemes operate by inviting applications from community organisations with final decisions being made purely on the basis of the application itself – rarely if ever asking whether the investment or grant aligns in any way with locally agreed priorities for the area. Many communities already have their own plans in place – but these are routinely ignored by the ‘system’. Earlier this year, SCA reviewed evidence of what was happening on the ground. Both funders and planners are missing a real trick by not engaging more directly with these local plans. 


Steve Tolson

To see the full report of the review of current practice across a range of communities whereby community led plans have been developed and published by local residents  – click here