Voluntary & community sector funding

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St Albans City & District Council distributes funding to community groups and projects through the Voluntary and Community Sector fund (VCS). The VCS fund is aligned to the Council's Priorities, helps deliver the Inclusion Strategy and has a positive impact on the community in terms of outcomes. The VCS fund includes four funding streams which are set out below.

Current Funding Opportunities

See Community Partnerships funding below to find out about current funding opportunities.}

Community Grants Fund

The Community Grants Fund aims to provide Voluntary and Community Groups with a flexible funding opportunity to support the delivery of projects and activities that benefit the local community.

This fund is closed for 2014/15. Applications for funding in 2015/16 will open in June 2015.

Year

Funds Distributed

Number of projects supported

2014/15

£71,000

22

2013/14

£108,000

35

2012/13

£59,000

18

2011/12

£60,000

21

Further information on the successful applicants each year can be found in the summary documents below: }

Strategic Commissioning Fund

The Strategic Commissioning Fund was set up to provide funding to a small number (fewer than 10) of voluntary and community sector organisations who offer services that are considered to be strategically important to the District by providing support to the most vulnerable communities. 

The Fund was originally launched in 2011. The first round of funding in 2012-15 received 19 applications from 16 local organisations. It was agreed to support three organisations totally £283,620 each year.

As part of this process the Community Partnership Fund was set up to support projects that delivered services but were not strategically important. A further 7 projects were also granted funding as part of the Community Partnership Fund, totalling £101,098.

Further details on the successful applications can be found in the summary document below:

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Community Partnerships Fund

The Community Partnerships Fund supports voluntary and community sector organisations that are delivering important services to the most vulnerable communities but are not considered to be strategic partners of the Council.

The new funding cycle launches on 10 November 2014 and is looking to distribute a total of £101,098 through this fund. Funding will be available from April 2015 for three years. Voluntary and community groups are invited to apply for grants between £2.5k and £30k to deliver support and preventative services to the most vulnerable. Voluntary and community groups have until Friday 30 January to apply for grants from this fund. 

For more information on applying for a grant please see the Community Partnership Funding Application Criteria.

To apply for a grant please use the Community Partnership Funding Application Form.

Community Partnership Funding - Successful applicants 2012/13

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Project Commissioning Fund

The Project Commissioning Fund was set up to commission Voluntary and Community sector organisations to deliver a project that addresses a specific, identified need within the District. These allocations are usually for one year funding. This fund is currently closed to new applicants and will re-open early 2015.

Project Commissioning Fund - Successful applicants 2013/14

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Partnership with the Centre for Voluntary Service

The Council funds the Centre for Voluntary Service to assist with providing information and guidance concerning a wide range of grant funding available to local voluntary and community groups (not grants for individuals). For this reason, we recommend all groups seeking funding to speak to CVS.

Please contact:

Name 

Kate Newton 
Development and Funding Services Manager

By Phone

01727 814644

Website

www.cvsstalbans.org.uk/cvsstalbans 

By Email

kate@cvsstalbans.org.uk 

By Post

St Albans Centre for Voluntary Service 
Civic Centre,

St Peters St

St Albans, AL1 3JE

For further information about the CVS in St Albans please visit www.cvsstalbans.org.uk where you can also visit the funding advice page.}
Date of last review: 19 November 2014