Sustaining the community response: Our response to the review of civil society

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At the end of June, the Prime Minister asked Danny Kruger MP  ‘to consult with civil society organisations, local authorities, our colleagues in Parliament, and across government to develop proposals to maximise the role of volunteers, community groups, faith groups, charities and social enterprises, and contribute actively to the government’s levelling up agenda.’ In keeping […]

How the Rapid Response Fund was allocated

In the span of six weeks, the Rapid Response Fund has been launched and allocated with the last few payments being made by the end of this week. It feels very strange to be on the other side of things and even if we’re not quite finished yet, I wanted to take the opportunity to […]

Rapid Response Fund: Who we funded

We’re pleased to announce the recipients of the Rapid Response Fund for Barking & Dagenham. In the end, we had 43 applications totalling £187,452. With only £100,000 available, this obviously meant that we could not fund everybody. That said, a majority of applications were successful, with 24 applicants being awarded funding. You can read more […]

A new model of local giving

Anyone who works in the voluntary and community sector (VCS) in Barking and Dagenham will know this too well: finding money is becoming increasingly more challenging. The causes are multiple: changing priorities and the lack of core funding support; poor communication between funders, which in turn increases the amount and complexity of reporting work and; […]