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Working in Place

A framework for place-based approaches

September 2016

Eliza Buckley, Ben Cairns, Marilyn Taylor


In 2015, IVAR undertook a study of place-based approaches to funding, working with London Funders and overseen by a steering group of :

  • Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF)
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • City Bridge Trust
  • Comic Relief
  • Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
  • Lankelly Chase Foundation
  • Tudor Trust
  • UK Community Foundations

The research aimed to shed light on the place-based approaches used by UK trusts and foundations, and identify learning about the pitfalls and successes of these approaches.

Using the findings from our research, we have produced a framework to support funders in the planning and implementation of place-based approaches. This is presented in the form of questions linked to key stages in the development of place-based working: rationale, design and delivery. The aim is to help funders to anticipate, address and review the challenges of place-based approaches in order to achieve their potential benefits.


(IVAR008 Place Based Funding Report_AW (3))

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