Voluntary & community sector funding

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St Albans City & District Council distributes funding to community groups and projects through the Voluntary and Community Sector fund (VCS). The VCS fund is aligned to the Council's Priorities, helps deliver the Inclusion Strategy and has a positive impact on the community in terms of outcomes. The VCS fund includes four funding streams which are set out here.

Community Grants Fund

The Community Grants Fund aims to provide Voluntary and Community Groups with a flexible funding opportunity to support the delivery of projects and activities that benefit the local community.
Applications for funding in 2015/16 are now open, and will close Friday 12 June at 5pm. 
There is an exciting opportunity to come and find out more about the Community Grants Fund at our launch event on Friday 24th April, 4-6 pm in the Council Chamber, St Albans District Council. You will be able to meet organisations who have been previously funded and ask them questions. Meet Emma Edgell, Community Partnerships Manager and Nicky Flynn, Principal Community Engagement Officer, and hear from Kate Newton from the CVS who will take you through the application process and enable you to get inspired and help you shape your ideas. 

Date: Friday 24 April
Time: 4-6pm
Venue: The Council Chamber, Civic Centre, St Albans
Please call 01727 814644 to be put on the Guest List. 

To find out more, please visit the CVS website 

Previous years information


Year

Funds Distributed

Number of projects supported

2014/15

£71,000

22

2013/14

£108,000

35

2012/13

£59,000

18

2011/12

£60,000

21

Further information on the successful applicants each year can be found in the summary documents below:

Strategic Commissioning Fund

The Strategic Commissioning Fund was set up to provide funding to a small number (fewer than 10) of voluntary and community sector organisations who offer services that are considered to be strategically important to the District by providing support to the most vulnerable communities. 

The Fund was originally launched in 2011. The first round of funding in 2012-15 received 19 applications from 16 local organisations. It was agreed to support three organisations totally £283,620 each year.


Further details on the successful applications can be found in the summary document below:

Community Partnerships Fund

The Community Partnerships Fund supports voluntary and community sector organisations that are delivering important services to the most vulnerable communities but are not considered to be strategic partners of the Council.

This will distribute a total of £100,000 per year in 2015-18. Applications for this funding have now closed. 


Community Partnership Funding - Successful applicants 2012/13


Successful applicants for 2015-18 will be published shortly.

Project Commissioning Fund

The Project Commissioning Fund was set up to commission Voluntary and Community sector organisations to deliver a project that addresses a specific, identified need within the District. These allocations are usually for one year funding. This fund is currently closed to new applicants and will re-open later in 2015.

Project Commissioning Fund - Successful applicants 2013/14

Partnership with the Centre for Voluntary Service

The Council funds the Centre for Voluntary Service to assist with providing information and guidance concerning a wide range of grant funding available to local voluntary and community groups (not grants for individuals). For this reason, we recommend all groups seeking funding to speak to CVS.

Please contact:

Name 

Kate Newton 
Development and Funding Services Manager

By Phone

01727 814644

Website

www.cvsstalbans.org.uk/cvsstalbans 

By Email

kate@cvsstalbans.org.uk 

By Post

St Albans Centre for Voluntary Service 
Civic Centre,

St Peters St

St Albans, AL1 3JE

For further information about the CVS in St Albans please visit www.cvsstalbans.org.uk where you can also visit the funding advice page.
Date of last review: 20 April 2015