At present the Council has a number of funding programmes supporting a wide range of activities and services in the Voluntary Sector. These include the Stronger Communities, Youth Localities, Carers Network and Preventative Services programmes. The Council will bring all these programmes together into one focussing on the key outcomes for the borough, influenced by the findings and research of the independent Opportunity & Fairness Commission.

The new programme will be cross cutting with:

  • An approach that builds on the assets of the VCS, promoting enterprise and social value. It will seek to remove barriers and promote diversity in the sector, allowing new approaches, particularly the grass roots community responses to issues.
  • The aim to create a broad range of opportunities for different forms of volunteering from all parts of borough, from all volunteering organisations.
  • High standards of accountability, transparency and best use of resources with success being measured on changing outcomes for our residents.

Bids will close on 31st March 2016 with new arrangements starting on 1st October 2016.
CVA will be hosting a discussion on the new prospectus (which is expected to be published on 25 January 2016) at the next CVSA meeting on 3rd February 2015.

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