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Decision details

Main Grants Programme 2022-25

Decision Maker: Mayor and Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


(1) the following priorities and processes be approved for the main grants

programme 2022-2025:


(2) the overarching priorities for the programme will be:          


a.         An economically sound future, specifically:

iii.        Advice Services and

iv.        Enabling Digital Access for All

b.         A healthy and well future

c.         A future we all have a part in


(3) Four Community Fundraiser posts be funded, hosted by the VCS, with the

following areas of focus:


           1x FTE Community Fundraiser with a focus on equality and equity

including ethnicity and disabilities as protected characteristics specifically

impacted by Covid, but with an expectation that the hosting organisation

should also look at addressing other protected characteristics as part of the

brief, along with intersectionality

           1x FTE Community Fundraiser with a focus on geographical cold spots

in the borough/areas of high deprivation that do not have other sources of

income such as NCIL

           .5 FTE Community Fundraiser with a focus on the arts

           .5 FTE Community Fundraiser with a focus on sports


(4) the Community Fundraiser funding be let earlier, through an Expression of

Interest/Interview process, and awards granted by late November 2021;


(5) significant partnership grants for advice and social prescribing be retained,

but with a more rigorous outcomes-based approach;


(6) partnership grants of £10,000 be established with clear, measurable and

proportionate partnership outcomes;


(7) the approach to achieving equity in the Main Grants programme will be to

focus grants on projects which benefit:

           communities most impacted by Covid

           people with protected characteristics – specifically age, ethnicity,

disability, sexual orientation and gender reassignment, and

           seldom heard voices


(8) funding Black Asian and Minority Ethnic infrastructure support that is tied

to and works alongside the Community Fundraiser with the focus of the

support being capacity building focused on collaboration, enabling

organisations to identify need, generate ideas for funding, and support to

become sustainable;


(9) a separate grant programme for Arts and Culture organisations be run

aligned to London Borough of Culture with the following strategic themes:

           A healthy and well future

           A greener future

           A future we all have a part in


(10) the art and culture funding programme funds the following activities:


1.         Funding a cultural anchor organisation to:

           Provide sector leadership

           Co-ordinate consortium funding bids

           Support emerging artists

           Nurture partnerships


2.         Funding for organisations to address barriers to cultural participation

focusing on:

           Ethnic diversity


           Economic disadvantage

           Age (young people and older people)


3.         One off funding to deliver projects around key themes: 

           Increasing participation

           Addressing the climate emergency

           Celebrating diversity

           Promoting equality and fairness of opportunity


4.         Address inequalities in the cultural workforce through

           Bursary funding for emerging artists

           Broadway Theatre associate artists

           Employment and training programmes

           Support for cultural and creative enterprise growth


Publication date: 14/09/2021

Date of decision: 14/09/2021

Decided at meeting: 14/09/2021 - Mayor and Cabinet

Accompanying Documents: