Croydon Council’s Community Fund is open for applications

Croydon Council invites interested organisations to apply to the Community Fund opportunity.
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The opportunity
The council has launched this new approach to commissioning with the voluntary and community sector (VCS). A number of previous funding programmes are being brought together under one programme in order to more flexibly reflect current needs.

The key outcomes for the borough have been influenced by the findings of the Opportunity & Fairness Commission report. The Council believes that the new approach will allow the effective use of resources to have greater impact on the outcomes they want to influence within our borough.

The Community Fund will be cross cutting with an approach that builds on the assets of the VCS, promoting enterprise and social value. It will seek to remove barriers and promote diversity in the sector, allowing new approaches, particularly grass roots community responses to issues.

The new programme will also aim to create a broad range of opportunities for different forms of volunteering from all parts of borough. Underpinning the new programme will be high standards of accountability, transparency and best use of resources with success being measured on improving outcomes for residents.

The Community Fund aims to achieve clear outcomes. The Council will expect applications to the fund to show very clearly how their proposals will help achieve the outcomes set out in the framework and how they build on the ‘golden threads’, the strengths of the VCS.

The key themes are;
–  Theme 1: Vibrant, responsible and connected communities
–  Theme 2: A connected borough where no one is isolated
–  Theme 3: Supporting residents towards better times
–  Theme 4: Leaving no child behind
–  Theme 5: Finding homes for all

For more information go to www.croydon.gov.uk/communityfund

Croydon’s commissioning opportunities are advertised and managed through the London Tenders Portal www.londontenders.org

Where to find further information
In order to access the Community Fund opportunity documents via the London Tenders Portal, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that ALL organisations email commissioning@croydon.gov.uk and EXPRESS THEIR INTEREST in this opportunity and the Council will then invite you to apply via the London Tenders Portal.

You must also provide the following information;
–  If you are already registered on the Portal the registered email address that was used to register on the Portal
–  the name of your organisation
–  a key name and contact number in case they need to get in touch with you

If you are not registered on the Portal the Council will assist you in order to get you registered.

Guidance for completing the form is included on the website and the form itself. The guidance will include the % of the overall assessment score allocated to each question on the form.

Applications open on 22 March 2016 and the deadline for receipt of completed applications is Tuesday 24th May 2016 at 12.00pm.

Training & Support
The Council will be providing themed workshops around the borough for potential applicants to encourage partnership bids where appropriate in similar service areas.

The workshops have been scheduled to last up to 3 hours and will also cover training such as how to log on to the portal, guidance on how to write your application, Q&A about the application documents themselves, Getting Commissioning Ready etc.

The details of workshop times & locations will be updated on the website www.croydon.gov.uk/communityfund

Places at each event are very limited. Therefore organisations will be limited to a maximum of two places each.

Please contact commissioning@croydon.gov.uk to book a place. Places will be offered on a first come first served basis.

If you require help to access the London Tenders portal or have special access requirements, contact the council’s commissioning and procurement helpline on 020 8726 7383.

Successful applicants should hear the outcome of their applications at the beginning of July. The new funding will commence from 1 October 2016.

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