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Vital financial support for community services confirmed

  • By Jim Ranger

Crucial funding for dozens of important community projects and services will continue until 2021 after the future of London Councils’ Grants programme was confirmed for a further four years.

Despite the difficult financial situation facing local government, the programme will continue to commission service outcomes to combat homelessness, tackle sexual and domestic violence, and to address poverty through employment across London.

Borough leaders agreed to fund the Grants programme after the end of the current four-year funding cycle in March 2017.

Cllr Paul McGlone, Chair of London Councils’ Grants committee, said: “I am pleased leaders have confirmed that London Councils will continue to commission projects to address some of the most complex and difficult challenges faced by vulnerable people across the capital.

“Many Londoners face hardship that leads to homelessness, the scourge of domestic violence in the home or long-term unemployment, especially those from minority communities.

“The third-sector organisations we commission to address these issues, working alongside local councils, can turn lives around for the better. We look forward to seeing the continued positive results this third sector-led programme delivers.”

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Notes to editor

  • The Leaders’ Committee sets the overall funding strategies, policies, and priorities for grants to voluntary organisations. Decisions on individual commissions, funding of applications and programme operation are made by the Grants Committee comprising members of each of the 32 London boroughs and the City of London.
  • Section 48 of the Local Government Act 1985 enabled London boroughs to fund voluntary action in the capital through a joint scheme which is now provided by London Councils.
  • While the key funding priorities for the Grants programme have been confirmed, no individual project will be guaranteed funding and will be subject to a competitive bidding process.
  • For the paper considered by London Councils’ Leaders’ Committee, click here: http://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/node/28851.