Sep 20 2012 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer
CHARITIES will be awarded funding based on whether they meet core targets as part of a new grants process.
Funding for charities and voluntary groups will be awarded according to the delivery of services that are priorities for the local authority, under plans approved by Harrow Council’s Cabinet on Thursday last week.
In a statement issued about the new Outcome Based Grants and Small Grants scheme, Harrow Council claims it will, ‘ensure the council’s funds are distributed across organisations that can deliver on key outcomes for residents such as enabling residents to lead independent and fulfilling lives or overcoming poverty, unemployment and homelessness’.
Leader of the Conservative opposition, Councillor Susan Hall, said: “We will watch with interest how this new system will operate.
“It is imperative that it protects those important services and organisations which so many Harrow residents, and particularly our more vulnerable residents, rely upon.”
The maximum for larger grants will be either £75,000 or £25,000 per year, depending on which outcome an organisation applies against.
Grants awarded on a three-year basis will be reduced in the second and third year by 2.5 per cent to encourage sustainability beyond council funding.
Successful applicants will benefit from the funding for up to three years rather than applying for grants every 12 months.
Harrow Council portfolio holder for community and cultural services, Councillor David Perry, said: “We highly value the work done in Harrow by the voluntary sector which is why we supported more than 40 organisations last year that helped to change the lives of more than 60,000 residents.
“They support a diverse range of our corporate priorities, from sport and arts to support for vulnerable first time mothers, mental health needs or disabled organisations.”
Applications will open on September 24 to October 22 and the successful organisations will be announced on March 18.
n What do you think of the changes? Will it affect your organisation?