Our Core Funders
Heartlands became a reality in 2007 when it was awarded a £22.3 million grant by the Big Lottery Fund, the biggest grant BIG has ever given to a single project in England.
It was one of only three projects in the UK to receive the grant under BIG’s Living Landmarks scheme. Along with significant additional funding from Cornwall Council, Homes and Communities Agency, and the European Union through the Convergence Programme (2007-2013), the total rose to £35 million and Heartlands was put on the map. We are very grateful to our funders who shared our vision with this inspirational project. Here's a bit more about them.
BIG LOTTERY FUND (BIG)
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 46% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
BIG is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and since 2004 has awarded £4.4bn in grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK.
Full details of Big Lottery Fund projects and grant awards are available at: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
Cornwall Council is one of the largest unitary authorities in the country. With an annual budget of £1.2 billion, it serves a population of around 540,000, which is larger than major cities such as Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield. Created through the merger of the six former borough and district councils and Cornwall County Council in 2009, the unitary council is made up of 123 councillors who are elected every four years to represent the people of Cornwall.
The largest single employer in Cornwall, the Council’s work force of 19,000 staff delivers a huge variety of functions and services. These range from protecting vulnerable children and adults and managing more than 7,439 kilometres of roads, to overseeing almost 300 schools with responsibility for the lives of 120,000 children and young people, providing social housing, benefits, waste, planning, leisure and environment services and protecting public safety.
The aim of Cornwall Council is to become more focused and efficient and to encourage individuals and local communities to be more self sufficient. This involves changing the way services are delivered by encouraging greater local involvement in decision making, delivering new integrated services in partnership with health and working through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership to revitalise the economy.
For more information, please visit www.cornwall.gov.uk
Homes and Communities Agency
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the single, national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England. Its vision is to create opportunity for people to live in homes they can afford in places they want to live, by enabling local authorities and communities to deliver the ambition they have for their own areas. This is achieved by:
- Understanding the needs and aspirations of people and communities through close working with local authorities on local investment planning
- Enabling local delivery through the channelling of expertise and investment
- Working effectively with the market, housebuilders, investors and other stakeholders
EUROPEAN UNION (THROUGH CONVERGENCE 2007-2013)
Convergence is the European economic regeneration programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly that runs until 2013.