A ‘Grants for Good Campaign‘ has been launched by Directory of Social Change, Charity Finance Group, Children England, NAVCA and the Lloyds Bank Foundation. The campaign to promote government grants for charities and voluntary groups is inviting others to get involved too.
Over the last decade …. this vital resource has been rapidly disappearing, replaced by more restrictive and inflexible contracts. Grants from the public sector now make up only 5.5% of charity sector income, a decline of over 60% since 2004. At the current rate of decline, grants could all but disappear by 2020.
The campaign founders are using their networks to gather examples of effective grant-making and build a case for commissioners to choose grants instead of contracts where a responsive local service is needed. They are also holding a grants forum on 4th March (12pm to 2pm) in central London “where we hope to hear what you think about grants and the experiences you’ve had”.