Funding and Support for the VCS
Southwark Council is the largest funder of the voluntary and community sector in the borough, and offers a number of different funding types from grants to contracts.
The Council has stated their commitment to working with, and supporting, the VCS in Southwark, and you can find more more detail about how they will do this, and what their strategic plans are, on their website.
This includes details of the recent reviews of their funding programmes that were carried out, and news of the changes made as a result – particularly around the barriers Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups face when applying for these funds. These reviews were presented to Community Southwark members at the recent Funding Conference, and you can view a recording or read the report highlights on our website.
A key resource from the Council is the Funding Forward Plan, which shows both grants and contracts. This shows what grant programmes are currently active, or are upcoming, as well as details of their current contracts and what will be available to bid for soon. This was last updated in March 2023.
Most Southwark Council grants are administered via their online grants portal – Southwark Grants. This lists all currently active grants programmes, and will be updated in line with the Forward Plan above. We will also update our Funding Database with all the latest opportunities, and circulate them via the regular Funding Bulletins.
Multi-Ward Grant Programmes
Under the ‘Empowering Communities’ programme, Southwark has been divided into 5 areas, combining electoral wards together. These new groupings will feature more regular meetings and increased resident involvement, and will be the main channel for distributing four regular grant streams:
- Cleaner, Greener, Safer
- Devolved Highways
For more information about this system, and to find the contact details for your area, please see this presentation.
Contracts and Procurement
Southwark Council spends over £650million a year on supplies, services and works, which includes a large amount going to voluntary and community organisations who run key services in the borough. For example, you can see details of the current contracts held by VCS groups to deliver things like employment support and child services in the Forward Plan above.
Please see our Procurement resource for more information about how to access Southwark procurement contracts, and for other guidance and resources.
Properties and premises
The Council owns and manages a large number of properties in the borough, and makes details of properties that are available to let via their website.
Community Southwark is aware that a lack of premises and space to carry out activities is a major issue for VCS organisations, and are working to provide more information and support on this.