Main Grants Programme 2022-2025

Closes 22 Jul 2021

Opened 27 May 2021

Results expected 15 Sep 2021

Overview

This consultation is about the proposed priorities for, and approach to, Lewisham Council’s main grants programme 2022 - 2025.  

This consultation takes place in the context of a reduction to the main grants budget which has been agreed as part of a major review of the council’s budget in order to make cuts of at least £40m for the next three years (to April 2024).

Why we are consulting

Our Main Grants programme funds voluntary and community organisations providing support to some of Lewisham’s most vulnerable residents. Support for voluntary and community sector groups remains a core priority for the Council and, in partnership with the NHS, we will continue to invest over £2.3 million per annum through this programme.

However the Council is having to save £40m from its budget in the next three years, following the unprecedented costs of Covid-19 and historic reductions in the cash available from central government. This means the budget for the main grant to voluntary organisations will be reduced from 1 April 2022.

In order to best meet the needs of the borough, we propose to focus on supporting voluntary and community groups in developing stronger organisational infrastructure, better coordination with their partners and in effective fundraising, rather than trying to directly fund everything that is needed in the borough.

We are also proposing new priorities in line with the Council’s overall approach to recovery, following a thorough review of all available evidence on the impact of COVID, and the recovery needs of the Borough:

  • An economically sound future (specifically Advice Services and Enabling Digital Access for All)
  • A healthy and well future
  • A future we all have a part in

The consultation is aimed at voluntary and community organisations that provide services in the borough but also all individual residents. We would also welcome the views of other public or private sector partners who work with the voluntary and community sector in Lewisham.

The consultation will be open for 8 weeks from 27th May to 22nd July. The length of this consultation is shorter than the usual 12 weeks due to the on-going impact of COVID and the pre-election restrictions relating to the Mayor of London election.

There are several ways to respond to this consultation:

  1. Via this online survey
  2. By post to: Community Development Team, 2nd Floor, Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, London SE6 4RU
  3. By attending an online consultation meeting via MS Teams on the following dates:
  • Wednesday 9th June between 2:00 – 3:30pm
  • Thursday 17th June between 6:00 - 7:30pm

Please note that attendance at these online consultation meetings must be booked in advance by emailing main.grants@lewisham.gov.uk.

We want to ensure that this consultation is accessible to all organisations and individuals who want to take part. We will therefore ensure that any residents or representatives of the VCS who need support to fill in the responses can do so by speaking directly with a member of our team. Please e-mail us at main.grants@lewisham.gov.uk or call us on 020 8314 7249 and we will get back to you to arrange a suitable time.

Once the consultation has closed all responses will be considered and a summary of responses collated and included in a report to Mayor and Cabinet on 15th September 2021.  This report will seek approval for the main grants programme 2022 - 2025 criteria and approach and to invite applications for funding. 

Please read the following consultation document BEFORE answering the 'Online Survey' as this will provide you with all of the necessary background information. For ease of reference this document is also attached at the bottom of the screen as a downloadable PDF:

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Give us your views

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Lewisham residents
  • Service users
  • Voluntary and community groups
  • Staff

Interests

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Sport and leisure
  • Arts and culture
  • Spending and budgets
  • Equality and diversity
  • Learning and development