Small Steps Big Changes Ideas Fund – CLOSED

Status:  Closed
Closing Date:  24/06/2018


£50,000 per year

Small Steps Big Changes (SSBC) is a £45m programme, supported by Big Lottery’s 10 year ‘A Better Start’ funding programme designed to improve the lives of Nottingham’s young children.  The SSBC programme covers the areas of Bulwell, Aspley, St Ann’s and Arboretum and seeks to deliver successful child development outcomes and give every child the best start in life.  Working with our partners we offer activities for every 0-3-year-old child living within our four wards.

In partnership with Nottinghamshire Community Foundation we are now seeking applications to Round 3 of our Ideas Fund.


What is the SSBC Ideas Fund?

The Ideas Fund offers a great opportunity for local parents, local community groups and local organisations to pilot and test new ideas for service development and delivery and evaluate new initiatives designed to help us achieve our programme outcomes.


What can it be used for?

We are looking for innovative and creative proposals that will help us achieve our goals. We are open to new ideas and new approaches The Fund should encourage local innovation and engagement in the design and delivery of activities that will help local children to:

  1. Eat well and be healthy
  2. Talk and communicate
  3. Be confident, friendly and understand their emotions and behaviour.

The Fund can also be used to support our commitment to make sure parents and families have an equal voice in decision making for the SSBC programme.


Who can apply?

The Ideas Fund is open to:

  • Local VCS organisations and groups
  • New and emerging groups – provided they meet our basic quality assurance checks.
  • Any other groups or teams prepared to work in partnership with SSBC – but only where proposed activity adds value to and enhances the programme and does not replace or replicate already funded provision.


How much is available?

The total fund is £50,000 per year.

We will offer individual awards between £1,000 and £5,000.

Closing date for applications is 24th June 2018


What are the rules?

Organisations and groups wishing to apply will need to complete a short application form. Applications for new initiatives that meet the following requirements are welcome:

  • Activities must be geographically located within at least one of the SSBC wards – Bulwell, Aspley, St Ann’s and Arboretum
  • Activities must be restricted to children and/or expectant parents resident in an SSBC ward
  • Eligible children will be aged from 0 to 3
  • Activities must contribute to at least one of the SSBC outcomes or be focused on increasing the engagement of local people in the SSBC Programme
  • Activities must not duplicate current commissioned services
  • Activities must not duplicate current agreed Programme activity
  • Activities must be able to incorporate evaluation
  • Your planned approach should align to the SSBC brand and values.



An interactive ‘Kitten’s Cave’ workshop session is planned for 1st May to help groups think creatively and for the SSBC team to provide feedback, support and guidance on ideas and applications for funding.  For further details and to book on the workshop please visit the Eventbrite booking page.

If you are successful, you will be required to attend a project design day on 19th July and will be assigned a named advisor from the SSBC team.  Together you will work to agree how to record the impact of the planned activities so that we can understand and implement what makes a difference for local children.

For more information please contact us on 01623 620202 or email

To apply to the Small Steps Big Changes Ideas Fund please click here.

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