Lancashire County Council has chosen a new partner organisation to help voluntary, community and faith groups apply for funding.
VCS Learning Solutions CIC (Community Interest Company) will be the council’s partner for a one-year pilot project called ‘Empowering the Third Sector’.
The third sector is a term for voluntary and community groups, who operate on a not-for-profit basis.
The Burnley-based organisation will administer the council’s Local Initiative Fund (LIF) scheme for Lancashire in 2013/14.
This will involve promoting the grant bidding process, supporting voluntary and community sector organisations in submitting their funding bids and coordinating the assessment of grant applications.
County Coun Mark Perks, chairman of the cabinet working group for the third sector, said: “We’re very excited about this groundbreaking pilot project.
“It will empower voluntary and community organisations, while also increasing engagement between these organisations and the county council.”
The LIF aims to provide grants to organisations from £1,000 to £5,000 to fund new and innovative projects, which support the council’s priorities.
The three priorities are improving services for families, skills and employment initiatives, and activities for teenagers, including things to do and places to go.
All applications must demonstrate they can meet one of these three priorities.
The bidding round for the LIF is planned to open early in the year. If you are a third sector organisation and interested in applying for a grant contact VCS Learning Solutions CIC on 01282 428 009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.