Grants for Good Campaign

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 15:30

LGBT Consortium is encouraging LGBT groups and Networks to join the campaign to promote government grants for charities and voluntary groups. 

The Directory for Social Change beleive that grant funding from government is essential for communities to thrive, putting people at the heart of everything. It empowers charities and voluntary groups to identify and solve problems, and address needs in a way which is centred around people.

Over the last decade, however, this vital resource has been rapidly disappearing, replaced by more restrictive and inflexible contracts. 

Grants from the public sector now make up only 5.5% of charity sector income, a decline of over 60% since 2004 (NCVO, Civil Society Almanac 2015). At the current rate of decline, grants could all but disappear by 2020. Break that down further for the LGBT Sector and we estimate that the LGBT Sector sees just 0.04%* of overall voluntary sector income. (*data source)

We estimate that the LGBT Sector sees just 0.04%* of overall voluntary sector income.

The Campaign maintains that grants have many advantages and can deliver better outcomes for people and communities – especially when supporting smaller charities and community groups. 

We are working with the partners of the campaign to ensure that a range of LGBT groups voices get heard. So we are encouraging our Members to provide case studies about why grants are good -  you can download guidelines about the kind of case studies the campaign is looking for below.

Case studies will need to focus on what it was about the nature of grant making that led to successful outcome e.g. how a grant allowed an organisation to test an innovative approach to respond to emerging need in a way that would not be possible through a contract. You can find out more about the campaign and how to get involved by clicking here


 

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