London Borough of Lewisham main grants consultation open now

06 Aug 2018 Funding

Have your say on Main Grants consultation 

London Borough of Lewisham has opened a consultation on the future of its main grants programme. The criteria for the next round of funding from April 2019 onwards will be decided by Mayor and Cabinet in Autumn 2018.

Lewisham Council has already cut £165 million from its budget since May 2010 and needs to make a further £30 million reduction to its controllable budget over the next two years. The Council has restated its recognition of the importance of the VCSE sector and is committed to maintaining a grants programme, but are now seeking the views of residents and the sector regarding priorities and the approach to grant-making. It is proposed that the criteria and themes used in the last funding round be retained bar some amendments to make them less proscriptive and to recognise the changes already brought about in the advice sector.

However, it has been made clear that in this funding round there will be a greater emphasis on collaboration and the partner profile. The document states:

Our intention is to fund a group of organisations that are committed to working with each other and us to ensure the best possible outcomes for Lewisham's residents with our shared resources.

Grantees will be considered 'active partners' with the Council, sharing their understanding of local need. They should be able to demonstrate they can transform the way they work to better meet needs, bring in volunteers and financial resources, and demonstrate shared values with the Council through commitment to London Living Wage, equalities and environmental sustainability.

Take part in the consultation by:

1. Completing the online survey here

2. Booking to attend one of the consultation events on 17 September or 17 October by emailing communityenterprise@lewisham.gov.uk (one place per organisation).