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The Latch Ford (Big Local) Project

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​“A proud community that aspires to make things better together.”

GGHT are proud to support the *Latch Ford Big Local, an exciting opportunity for local residents in the Latchford East area to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their community. 

With £1million of Lottery funding to spend on the area it’s about bringing together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make Latchford East an even better place to live. The project Steering Group have agreed that GGHT will act as the Locally Trusted Organisation (LTO).
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Key Themes:

The key themes that the project's Local Steering Group are seeking to address in the local area are: 
  • Children & Young People
  • Healthier Communities and Olderbig local logo People
  • Economy & Enterprise (incl. Life-Long learning)
  • Safer Stronger Communities Environment & open spaces (incl. Transport and housing).​
Accordion Description
  • Getting local people into work.
  • Growing Job Clubs.
  • Support to help you start your own business – advice & funding.

  • Reducing debt.
  • Support for Credit Unions.
  • Borrowing money safely.
  • Saving money.
  • Tackling Loan Sharks.

  • Building communities.
  • Small Grants for community groups.
  • Activities for young people.
  • Improving health & community walks.
  • Community mentors (1-2-1 support).
  • Clean-up days.
​Your local authority, the government or a national organisation telling you what to do.

Individual groups fixing their favourite problem without talking to a wide range of different people who live and work in the community.
​Got an idea to set up a community group in the *Big Local Area, but need quick access to a grant to cover start-up costs?

Already running a successful project, but are seeking instant support to reach more local residents?
Can you address one or more of these key priorities for the local areas?

  • Children & Young People
  • Healthier Communities and Older People
  • Economy & Enterprise (incl. Life-Long learning)
  • Safer Stronger Communities
  • Environment & open spaces (incl. Transport and housing)

If yes, then why not apply for a BIG LOCAL SMALL GRANT (max £250.00) from The Latch Ford Big Local,download your application form now (MS Word Doc). 

For more information contact the GGHT Regeneration Team on 01925 452452. See below for more information on timescales & criteria.  

Check out the map or visit the Local Trust website​ for more details on your Big Local Area.


  • When applying for a Small Grant, preference will be given to those applicants who can demonstrate how their initiative meets one or more of the key themes. 
  • To see if your initiative is eligible for Small Grant funding, please verify that your project falls under one or more of these postcode areas.
  • Applications to the Small Grants have no deadline dates for submission. You can send us your application at any time and it will be considered at the next available The Latch Ford Big Local Partnership Meeting to be held.
  • Applications will be accepted by e-mail, but a signed hard copy must also be submitted, together with any supporting information. All details on the application form must be completed.
  • Consideration will be given to all applications received and The Latch Ford Big Local Partnership’s decision is final.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by post once the decision has been made.
  • If your group/organisation would like to apply for a grant of up to £250, please complete the Application Form.

Funding Criteria:

  • Any community group, voluntary sector organisation, Social Enterprise or Community Interest Company can apply. Applications will not be accepted from individuals.
  • Only one application per group or organisation can be made at any time.
  • In normal circumstances, groups and organisations will be permitted to make one application per year.
  • Groups or organisations whose previous applications were successful may apply, but may not be considered ahead of first time applicants. Applicants will be required to provide a copy of their Constitution or Terms of Reference, together with a copy of their last annual accounts. If your group has just formed and it does not yet have any accounts, you will be required to submit a forward forecast and a copy of your Bank Statement.
  • Funding can be used for either capital expenditure (e.g. equipment, furniture, materials, etc) or revenue costs (e.g. staff wages, venue hire costs and utilities costs). Successful applicants will be required to provide feedback on the impact of the grant award, through the completion of a Grant Monitoring Form and will be required to collect some statistical data relating to their project. However, this will be minimal and the necessary forms will be provided with confirmation of the grant award.
Call GGHT free 0800 25 26 27 (ask for Regeneration Team)

*To change the name to ‘Latchford Big Local’ the partnership would have to submit an application to the Big Local Trust not only for a name change, but also for a boundary extension.  Such a boundary change, encompassing that size of additional population, would exceed the maximum limit of new resident intake making it very difficult to submit a successful name change application to Local Trust.  The Steering Group discussed the possibility of changing the partnership name to ‘Latchford East Big Local’  but agreed that this would give local residents the erroneous impression that their Big Local Area covered all of Latchford East, when this was clearly not the case in relation to the existing Big Local boundary map.  The group was keen to avoid such confusion.  Eddie Grant, (Warrington Credit Union) explained the historical significance of the local term ‘Latch’. The steering group agreed that the historical resonance of this word could give their Big Local partnership a unique identity, using the existing agreed boundary map, without needlessly confusing local residents.  The Steering Group unanimously voted to call the partnership  - “The Latch Ford Big Local”