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Grange Big Local (GBL) is a resident-led, lottery funded community project working in a small pocket of East Finchley, nestled between the North Circular, East End Road, Church Lane, and the High Road. We've been awarded a lottery grant of £1 million to make a positive difference to our area and it's local residents that decide where the money goes.


We want to promote a thriving and caring community in our patch of East Finchley, where our residents can flourish, our environment can blossom, and our economy can grow.

We want to empower and give a voice to all residents in the GBL area, nurturing an inclusive social ecosystem where we can look out for and support each other. We want to celebrate our local environment and make proper use of the nature that we do have, whilst mapping out opportunities for increasing green space. But, most of all, we want to play our part in levelling up our community and supporting those who are struggling the most.



The Grange Big Local area (GBL area) that we operate in is located in East Finchley in the London Borough of Barnet. Our area is quite leafy and green and has a friendly community, which adds to the 'village feel' despite being so close to central London.

We have around 7,000 residents living in our area and our community is quite diverse. There are varying levels of prosperity, which large swathes of the GBL area suffering some some form of deprivation.

Our area is made up of a number of different neighbourhoods, including the Grange Estate - from which GBL took its name - as well as the Font Hills, Brownswell and Thomas More Estates. A key feature of the GBL area is the over-ground section of the Northern Line that runs straight through the heart of it.

You can find a list of all the roads and postcodes in the GBL area here.



Big Local is an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to use at least £1million to make a positive difference to their communities. It's about bringing together all the local talent, ambitions, skills, and energy from individual residents, groups, and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live.

Big Local is being run by Local Trust which is working with £200million from the Big Lottery Fund and a range of partners, providing expert advice and support for residents across England.

The four main outcomes for the Big Local initiative are:

  • Communities will be better able to identify local needs and take action in response to them.

  • People will have increased skills and confidence, so that they continue to identify and respond to needs in the future.

  • The community will make a difference to the needs it prioritises.

  • People will feel that their area is an even better place to live.

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