Council agrees grants programme for next three years

Besi Besemar November 26, 2012

Brighton & Hove City Council has announced its programme of grants to voluntary sector and arts organisations for the next three years.

The 2013-16 programme sees investment in community groups and voluntary organisations which work across many different areas and age groups in the city including the arts and sport.

The council’s continues its commitment to funding the LGBT organisations, Allsorts and LGBT Switchboard and MindOut, the LGBT mental health project receives council funding for the first time.

The programme sets out the council’s commitment to protect services for the most vulnerable: be that by gender, disability, sexuality, age or ethnicity.

The report goes to the Policy and Resources Committee on Nov 29, 2012 recommending 69 strategic grants for the period (including 10 organisations not currently receiving longer-term grants) ranging from £5,000 to £100,000 pa. This is worth in total £1.25M each year.

If the proposals are approved by committee a further 10 organisations will receive alternative support including money from the annual grants programme.

Cllr Jason Kitcat

Council Leader Cllr Jason Kitcat, said:

“We are one of the most innovative councils in the country in the way we are using grant funding to support local community and voluntary sector groups who help some of the most vulnerable people in our society. These groups face massive challenges in uncertain economic times and we need to help protect and support them to build resilience in the city’s communities now and for the future. I recognise how valuable the work of the third sector is in our city, which is why we are now one of only a very few councils still choosing to support community and voluntary groups with strategic grants.”

Sally Polanski, Chief Executive of CVSF said:

“This grants programme is vital to the essential and vibrant work going on in the community and voluntary sector in Brighton & Hove at the moment. At a time when cuts are happening across all areas to be able to protect and nurture work which helps residents – especially vulnerable residents is great news.”