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Support and modernisation fund

National voluntary sector bodies can bid for £550,000 through the Support and Modernisation fund, which will provide practical help and advice to local frontline voluntary groups that support Home Office objectives.

The fund

The purpose of the fund is to provide practical support and advice to frontline voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations that support Home Office objectives in preparation for the arrival of Police and Crime Commissioners in May 2012. This is not a fund for the provision of general support to the VCSE sector.

The introduction of elected Police and Crime Commissioners in 2012 will place power back in the hands of the people, giving them a proper say in how their local area is policed.  It will also free up the police from central government targets and red tape to help officers get back out on the streets fighting crime.

The grant will fund an alliance of sector umbrella bodies to provide support to the sector to help it develop to take advantage of the changing local delivery and commissioning landscape, including the delivery of more open public services, as described in the recent government white paper Open Public Services. This will put organisations in a position to become more effective partners with the statutory sector and provide more cost effective services, including involvement in co-design and co-delivery of services that meet local needs.

Bids from alliances of voluntary sector umbrella organisations, capable of covering the breadth of Home Office community safety issues (crime, anti-social behaviour, re-offending, substance misuse, violence against women and girls, youth crime) , will be welcomed.

Size of grant fund

£550,000 is available in 2011-12 financial year, with a further £550,000 set aside for the 2012-13 financial year, subject to satisfactory compliance with monitoring arrangements in 2011-12.

Payments will be made quarterly in advance. The entire grant will be awarded to a single successful alliance bid.

Timescales for delivery

The programme must conclude by the end of the 2012-13 financial year. Any funds left unspent at the end of each financial year will be reclaimed by the Home Office at that time.

There will be no carry-over of funds from the 2011/12 financial year to the 2012/13 financial year.

How to bid

To request an invitation to bid, please email us at smf@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

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