Aims/priorities: The pilot fund has been designed to support faith-based organisations build on and expand the good work being carried out locally and to demonstrate the important role they play in tackling and responding to social challenges as the country moves into post COVID recovery and rebuilding of civil society.
To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate how they will meet all the following strategic objectives:
- Provide evidence/proof that faith groups, working in partnership, can play a significant and effective role in supporting community cohesion by solving local problems.
- Develop learning and best practice about what support faith organisations and communities need to develop effective partnership working with local public services to deliver support for their local communities.
- To inform a Faith Compact, a set of principles for local and national government to work in partnership with faith groups and communities.
In addition, funding will be made available to faith groups working on community projects which also demonstrate how they will support community recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.
Applicants must demonstrate how they will support one or more of the following COVID-19 recovery objectives:
- Mental wellbeing and loneliness.
- Debt advice
- Food poverty
- Increasing community engagement through volunteering
Who can apply? Organisations are eligible to apply if:
They are a faith-based registered charities, exempt charities, Community Benefit or Community Interest Companies, or faith- based organisations that meet all the following criteria as demonstrated by submitting additional supporting documents:
- they are established for charitable, benevolent or philanthropic purposes.
- they have a governing body with at least three members.
- they have a governing document which they can produce.
- they can provide accounts demonstrating good financial health across both of the last two financial years.
If bidding as a consortium, the lead organisation must meet the above eligibility requirements.
Applications will be accepted from faith-based organisations, either as individual organisations or as a consortium in a partnership arrangement with a local service such as a local authority, public institution or other non-faith based Voluntary Community Sector and Enterprise (VCSE).
Newly formed and existing partnerships can apply. Faith-based organisations in newly formed partnerships must show that they have experience of working alongside local stakeholders to deliver projects that address local needs.
All applicants must demonstrate the potential of their projects to deliver against all of the following outcomes:
- Faith-based organisations integrating further and working in partnership with national government and local government, delivering against shared outcomes for communities
- Evidence best practices that support effective partnership with faith-based groups, national government and local government.
- Overcoming potential barriers preventing faith-based organisations playing an active and integral role in working alongside local public services to support communities.
- All applicants must also show how their project will help deliver one or more of the following outcomes for their communities or place:
- Improved community cohesion.
- Improve outcomes for marginalised groups.
- Forge a greater sense of community belonging.
- Build greater trust in local public services.
Grant amount: There are 2 amounts available:
- Up to £125,000.
- Up to £200,000 for innovative projects to be delivered by new or existing partnerships. This must include a community need that seeks to support COVID-19 recovery and solve a local problem.
Application process: The prospectus and application form can be found on the GOV.UK website. The completed application form should be submitted by email.
Deadline: The deadline for bids is at 11:59pm on Thursday 14 October 2021.
Contact information: Faith New Deal Team - Tel: 030 3444 0000, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website address: www.gov.uk