The Congress fully understands that economic conditions will severely restrict potential new investment for Voluntary and Community Organisations to assist in the development required to allow organisations to undertake new initiatives. As a result, the Congress identified an urgent requirement for smarter ways of commissioning and financing voluntary and community sector partners.

By working with the Congress, decisions can be made that:

  • Bring additional skills and experience to help redevelop and restructure procurement processes and funding streams that maximise impact and value for money, especially taking into account localism factors.
  • Convene organisations to provide ‘joined-up’ solutions for countywide delivery.
  • Develop lead partnerships where multi-organisation delivery is required.
  • Provide ‘independent’ funders to redistribute funding streams.
  • Work with match-funders to maximise existing funding streams.