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Funding Differently: Paid opportunity – call out for VCS representatives for Neighbourhood Health Grants decision-making panel

Would you like to be part of a decision-making panel, helping make decisions about how funding is distributed to small voluntary and community sector groups in Southwark?

Would you like to be part of a decision-making panel, helping make decisions about how funding is distributed to small voluntary and community sector groups in Southwark?

Thanks to a successful pilot in 2023/24, Partnership Southwark has further funding of £200,000 for VCS groups in Southwark in 2024/25.

Working together, Community Southwark, Partnership Southwark, United St Saviour’s Charity and VCS groups have developed a grants process that seeks to break down barriers to funding that VCS organisations experience in Southwark, as highlighted in Community Southwark’s recent State of the Sector research.

The grant opportunity opened on Monday 13th May 2024 – find out more HERE.

£5,000 will be awarded to 20 VCS groups (for organisations with an annual income of less than £50,000).
£10,000 will be awarded to 10 VCS groups (for organisations with an annual income of between £40,000 and £100,000).

We are now making an open call-out to VCS groups in Southwark to be part of the first stage of decision making.

There will be two panels – one for the £5,000 grants and one for the £10,000 grants.  Both panels will shortlist applications and decide who will be selected for the 2nd stage of decision making.

The decision-making meetings will take place at Community Southwark’s offices in Bermondsey:

Grants of £5,000 – Thursday, 11th July from 9:30am – 12:30 pm.
Grant of £10,000 – Thursday 18th July from 9:30am – 12:30 pm.

  • We’d like  all panel members to attend in person.
  • Each panel will consist of 5 representatives from the VCS in Southwark.
  • Community Southwark will facilitate the process but not make decisions about individual grants.
  • You will receive the grant applications and scoring criteria at ;east a week in advance. We expect you to keep the  equivalent of half a day free to review applications before the decision-making meeting, so that you can come to the meeting with your draft scores and feedback.
  • This is a paid opportunity, recognising that VCS time is valuable and that the skills and experience of VCS representatives should not be undervalued. A payment of £400 will be made to the organisation that each VCS representative is involved with.
  • If you have applied for funding for one of the grants, you can apply to be on the other panel.

To be part of the decision-making panel, you should be:

  • Involved as a volunteer/employee or trustee of a VCS organisation based in Southwark.
  • Not a trustee/volunteer or employee of any of the VCS groups that have applied for the grant that you wish to be on the panel for. i.e. if you organisation has appplied for a £5,000 grant you can sit on the panel for £10,000 grants and vice-versa.
  • Available to participate in the decision-making meeting on Thursday 11th of July or Thursday 18th July.
  • Available to spend half a day reviewing applications in the week before the panel meetings.

To find out more or register your interest:

To register an expression of interest to be part of the decision-making panel, please submit your details here: Expression of interest form.

Panel selection will be selected randomly from those who express an interest and meet the above criteria so everyone has an equal chance of participating.

Questions or ideas: Please contact Gosia@communitysouthwark.org

Feedback from previous panel members: