“I wanted to be part of a project that celebrated the positive in the community. I got the opportunity to increase my skills and knowledge by working on the project, and I also got to know others in the community, and make new friends. My confidence grew because my ideas were used.”
Local resident, Brent
Fair Share Trust put the power to make change in the hands of people in communities.
In 2003, Big Lottery Fund (BIG) noticed that certain parts of the UK were not receiving “fair” amounts of funding because they lacked the resources or experience to put together successful funding applications. So, Fair Share Trust was created when BIG (New Opportunities Fund) put £50m into a trust to target those areas that were also the least advantaged.
The funds were to be spent across over 80 areas in the UK over 10 years. UK Community Foundations was appointed as the Trustee and has delivered Fair Share Trust by working with its members and other local partners – called Local Agents –, who used their local giving expertise to make sure funding was distributed based on what communities wanted.
The aims of Fair Share Trust were:
- to build capacity - the confidence, skills and experience of individuals and communities;
- to build social capital - the networks, relationships and contacts of individual, voluntary and community groups and statutory bodies within communities;
- to enhance liveability - the physical space in which communities exist;
- to improve sustainability - a positive lasting legacy.
The learning from the FST programme
FST set out to invest in the long-term strength of neighbourhoods that were missing out on their ‘fair share’ of Lottery funding. The vision was to make a positive lasting difference of improved confidence, skills, experience and networks within local communities.
What has emerged from this evaluation is a picture of a programme that achieved what it set out to do. UKCF designed and managed a truly devolved grant-making programme, where power was genuinely transferred from the centre to the localities.
To help share the learning from this evaluation, the evaluation team has published a series of reports which can be browsed online. Full of insightful case studies and video, these reports have been designed to bring to life the diversity of experience and impact of FST at national and UK-wide levels.
There are four national impact reports
These tell the story of FST in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, highlighting the impacts that have been achieved and the learning.
To view the interactive national reports in a new window, click the images below:
Find out the difference the programme has made to communities across the UK:
Resources and Learning from Fair Share Trust
- Programme brief: additional funds leveraged (PDF - 850KB)
- Programme brief: funding for sports projects (PDF - 1MB)
- Learning document: challenging local panels (PDF - 1,008KB)
- Learning document: community communicators (PDF - 1,011KB)
- Learning document: community development workers (PDF - 1,015KB)
- Learning document: dominant residents & hostility between groups (PDF - 1,017KB)
- Learning document: engaging communities (PDF - 1,014KB)
- Learning document: engaging young people (PDF - 1,006KB)
- Learning document: environmental projects (PDF - 1,014KB)
- Learning document: local evaluations (PDF - 1,012KB)
- Learning document: mapping and needs analysis (PDF - 1,016KB)
- Learning document: marketing the programme (PDF - 1,011KB)
- Learning document: partnership working (PDF - 1,009KB)
- Learning document: sustainability (PDF - 1,011KB)
- Toolkit: Case Studies & Learning (ZIP - 198KB)
- Toolkit: Governance (ZIP - 16MB)