This page provides guidance for those involved in the design and commissioning of services. It also provides information for those looking to run or take over a local service, there is a range of support available, including:
funding through social finance, community shares and crowd funding.
Please note that sources of funding are changing all the time. We have updated this page on 9/9/2015, but we will continue to do so as we become aware of further information.
Sources of Funding
Community builders have a funding pot of £2.5 million. They invest in promising examples of sustainable, community regeneration projects in England.
The Power to Change is a new, independent charitable trust, with a £150 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund to help community enterprises. Funding and support will be available to organisations at each stage of their journey to becoming a sustainable community business. Support ranges from inspiring and nurturing ideas to scaling up and expansion.
Sources of Guidance for voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organizations
Funding Central is a useful online guide to over 4,000 grants, contracts and loans.
The Confident Commissioning Toolkit provides information on building relationships between local authorities and Disabled People User Led Organisations.
VCSE Crown Representative provides top tips for voluntary and charitable organizations at this link.
Mark Bowers, CEO of Redfern, provides top tips from a SME winning a major government contract.
Sally Collier, Government Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, provides top tips from a government procurer.
Opportunities to develop more inclusive communities – provides examples of how it’s been done, so we learn from each other’s ideas and experience.
Other Sources of Advice and Support
My Community Rights is a free advice service for community organizations that want to run a community facility or service. This website includes the following:
- Contract Readiness Checker, an online tool, a short, simple tool which helps to identify your strengths and weaknesses in relation to winning and successfully delivering public contracts. It also highlights any barriers for your organization which might rule you out of a tender process. It should take just 15-20 minutes to complete.
- Community Right to Challenge, a legislative tool that enables communities to challenge to take over local services that they think they can run differently and better.
- The Capitalization in relation to Right to Challenge guide, which provides information for organizations interested in supplying services to the public sector under the Right to Challenge. It provides advice on issues related to capital funding.
- Costing and pricing tenders how- to guide including when submitting a Community Right to Challenge.
- How to write a good PQQ/tender provides a few simple guidelines to consider when writing your bid.
The Community Shares Unit supports community organizations that want to run community share offers to help raise investment.
Locality’s Community Contracting Unit helps local community organizations to win contracts.
ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organizations) have expertise in governance, leadership and how to cost out your service.
Social Enterprise UK is the national membership body for social enterprise. Members include start-ups, local and community enterprises, and well-established social enterprises. They provide practical business support, networking and training.
NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organizations) is the largest umbrella body for civil society organizations in the UK. They have extensive experience working with public sector organizations, and provide advice and support on public service delivery issues and solutions.
ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) runs an England-wide network of rural support organizations and has resources and helpful information.
Ignition Enterprises Limited brings together the expertise of two long-standing market leaders ‘Pulse Regeneration’ and ‘Community Ventures Group’. Ignition provides a range of expert advice and services to help organizations through the new Community Right to Challenge. Support includes help with grant applications, business development, contract readiness and technical procurement support.
Sources of Guidance for Commissioners
The 4Pi National Involvement Standards – developed and produced by people with lived experience. The project aims to share good practice, centralise resources, strengthen existing networks and build an infrastructure that connects and coordinates the involvement of service users and carers throughout and beyond services.
Disability Rights UK supports user-driven commissioning, a tried and tested approach to translate lived experience, risk and protective factors in care pathways into metrics of experience and outcome measures.