DCMS offers funding of £1.7m to support mutuals

Tracey Crouch, the Minister for Civil Society, says shares of the money are available to former public sector organisations that deliver services and want to become mutuals

Money comes from DCMS
Money comes from DCMS

The government is offering a funding pot of £1.7m to support and create mutual organisations to deliver public services, Tracey Crouch, the Minister for Civil Society, has announced.

Former public sector organisations that deliver services and want to become mutuals can apply for a share of £1.2m of match funding, aimed at helping them develop by providing access to legal, financial, marketing and business planning advice, said Crouch today.

Organisations that have become mutuals in the past five years or are still delivering the original contracts from when they were spun out from the public sector are also eligible to apply.

The remaining £500,000 will be used to fund a mentoring scheme and peer-support programme for mutuals, and to pilot programmes to help mutuals collaborate with voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.

In a statement, Crouch said: "Mutuals are run under the influence of employees to support the delivery of public services, and we want to help them thrive.

"This £1.7m funding will deliver training, support programmes and mentoring to expand the high-quality services mutuals provide to communities across the country."

A statement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said all applicants for the funding would be required to demonstrate their commitment to their projects and the mutual model by providing match funding, in cash, towards the support needed.

This round of funding will be available until March 2020 and organisations could check whether they are eligible by contacting the DCMS, the statement said.

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