Glasgow City Council's Strategic Plan 2017-2022 set out a commitment to "Review how we fund third sector and community groups to reflect a partnership approach and simplifying procedures". We've been working with Glasgow Third Sector Interface Network (GTSIN) and other partners, to develop a new fund to be in place from 1 April 2020.
The new fund will be used to tackle specific city priorities, allowing resources to be directed where they are needed most and can make the biggest impact on the lives of our citizens.
Since the introduction of the 2015-18 Integrated Grant Fund (IGF) Programme and its extension into 2018/19 and 2019/20, there have been a number of significant changes in the financial, political and strategic landscape including:
Additionally, the current IGF programmes were informed by, and linked to, the then Single Outcome Agreement and Scottish Government National Outcomes. The programmes were also designed to encompass a broad range of services that were delivered via a number of previous legacy funds such as the Community Regeneration Fund and Fairer Scotland Fund.
It is timely to develop a new fund that addresses the current, emerging and future challenges that Glasgow will face.
Further information is available in this briefing note. Grant Fund Development Briefing Note 1 [259kb]
The development of the new fund is underpinned by the following 8 objectives:
Developing a new fund presents a unique opportunity to learn lessons from the past but also to jointly develop ambitious new plans.
As part of the development of the new fund, Glasgow City Council recently worked in partnership with colleagues in the GTSIN to deliver Stakeholder Engagement Events for third sector organisations. These were held during March and April 2019.
These events brought parties together to discuss their views on a range of issues including the types of programmes and principles that the new fund could be built around and how partners can work together to deliver this, taking into consideration the potentially limited resources that are available.
A summary report can be viewed here [498kb].