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Funding: Southwark Council’s Voluntary and Community Sector Transition/Sustainability Fund – Round 4

Status:Open to applications

Application Deadline:23 March 2012

Financial assistance is available to third sector organisations who currently receive Southwark Council funding and who believe that this funding will be significantly reduced in 2012/13.

Details
Fund Value:£ 1,500,000
Maximum Value:£ 25,000

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Value Notes
Grants will normally be less than £25,000, but in exceptional circumstances consideration will be given to higher amounts.

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Extended Description
Southwark Council has established a sustainability fund for third sector organisations in Southwark Borough.

Funding is intended to help organisations which deliver high quality public services adapt to a changing and challenging funding environment during a period when they are at risk from reductions in Southwark Council funding.

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Latest Information
Round Four deadline: 23 March 2012 (5pm).

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Key Criteria
To be eligible, applicants must:

•Be one of the following third sector organisations:
◦Properly constituted voluntary and community unincorporated charitable association.
◦Registered charity.
◦Industrial and provident society.
◦Community Interest Company.
◦Social enterprise.
•Be in receipt of Southwark Council funding and can provide evidence of reduction in this funding for 2012/13.
•Have a longstanding relationship with and experience of delivering public sector services on behalf of Southwark Council.
•Be based in and delivering the majority of their services in Southwark.
•Be delivering frontline public services in one or more of the following areas:
◦Arts and culture.
◦Children and families.
◦Community safety.
◦Debt counselling and legal advice.
◦Education and training.
◦Environment and ecology.
◦Health and social care.
◦Homelessness.
◦Infrastructure organisations.
◦Welfare to work/employment services.
◦Services for young people.
•Have evidence, or have substantial reason to believe, that between April 2012 and March 2013, their organisation will experience a significant reduction in Southwark Council funding. Free reserves could sustain their organisation for no more than six months.
Priority will be given to multi-funded organisations which are likely to losing funding from more than one council funding stream.

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Eligible Expenditure
The funding is for activities that will enable the organisation to become more sustainable in the current climate and will include:

•Development of fundraising strategies and funding bids.
•Support with business plan development.
•Enabling development of mergers and collaborations.
•Enabling sharing of back office costs and shared services.
•Development of initiatives that will support third sector organisations to engage with the personalisation agenda.
•New models of service provision and innovation, doing it more effectively and efficiently, and realising savings.

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Match Funding Restrictions
Applicants must inform the Council if they are applying for transition funding from other sources.  If this is to fund the same activities, then the application may not be a priority for funding.

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Restrictions
Organisations that have been awarded Southwark transition funding in previous rounds are unlikely to be successful with a further application for an award in round 4 unless significant additional budget reductions since the date of the previous award can be demonstrated.

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Application Procedure
Completed applications should be posted to Southwark Council's Commissioning and Voluntary Sector Support Team or electronic copies can be sent to Katherine Pitt or Triumphant Oghre.

For help in completing the application form, applicants can contact Celine Rotcajg or Sally Bagwell at Community Action Southwark on [email protected] and 0207 3587016 or 0207 3587022.

Contact Katherine Pitt or Triumphant Oghre for more information or to request an application pack.

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Addresses and contacts
For further information on how to obtain this funding opportunity locally, please contact the following:

Contact details:Katherine Pitt
Southwark Council
Community Engagement Division
Communities Law & Governance Department
PO Box 64529
London
SE1 5LX
Telephone:020 7525 1579


Contact details:Triumphant Oghre
Southwark Council
Community Engagement Division
Communities Law & Governance Department
PO Box 64529
London
SE1 5LX
Telephone:020 7525 7418

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