Guide to retaining funding

A new publication from the Local Grants Forum provides advice on negotiating with funders

The Local Grants Forum, a partnership of national organisations campaigning to safeguard local third sector grants, has launched a free guide to help voluntary groups keep their public sector funding.

Defending Local Grants is intended to provide local groups with advice to help them negotiate with councillors, commissioners and procurement officers over funding for local communities.

The guide provides links to publicly available documents and is intended to arm voluntary groups with information on issues such as how funders make funding decisions.

Gloucester City Council, which last week proposed a 5 per cent cut to its voluntary sector budget (Third Sector Online, 13 January), is highlighted in the guide as demonstrating good practice in grant-making.

Kevin Curley, chief executive of local umbrella body Navca, which is part of the forum, said local authority grant funding fell by 13 per cent between 2005 and 2008 and could fall further during the recession.

"We are worried that grant funding will suffer even more as local authorities make budget cuts, even though grant funding is vital to many of the groups that support communities that suffer most in a downturn," he said.

"Local grants are vital for a healthy third sector and we must defend them."


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