A new partnership of voluntary and community organisations has begun a raft of new community work using funding from City of York Council under the banner of Community York.
15 organisations were successful in bidding for the grant funding and will deliver a range of activity programmes targeting different communities across the city. Each project will focus on one of the four council objectives of healthy communities, engaged communities, inclusive communities and prosperous communities.
£120,650 has been made available for projects taking place from September this year to March 2013. Each of the community themes has one major project with a value up to £15,000 and a series of smaller grants will fund small-scale, flexible work.
These grants form an overall programme of work, which is a venture between City of York Council and Your Consortium, aimed at providing voluntary and community sector support across the city.
Peasholme Charity, Gateway Action, York and District Citizens Advice Bureau and York Racial Equality Network secured grants for large projects, while York Unifying and Multicultural Initiative, York Mind, Stretch, Family Matters York, NYBEP, Age UK, Older Citizens Advocacy York, Inspired Youth, York Bike Rescue and Millers Yard have been awarded funding for smaller-scale projects.
Councillor Dafydd Williams, cabinet member for Crime and Stronger Communities at City of York Council said: “York’s voluntary and community sector contributes enormously to the city’s economic, social and cultural life at every level. I’m delighted to be working with Your Consortium to provide funding for these key voluntary and community led projects across the city and see this as just the start of a successful collaboration which will directly benefit York residents.”
Sue Vasey, Chief Officer of Your Consortium, said: “It is a really exciting time for new community support and involvement in York. Working with City of York Council is the natural next step for Your Consortium as we strive to maximise investment into the voluntary and community sector and their work with the most vulnerable in our society. This grants programme will complement other grants funds we currently manage on behalf of the sector in the city, via the Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund.
“Your Consortium is much more than a ‘management’ company. We have been established by the voluntary and community sector to support them and they remain at the centre of everything we do. This fund will provide new opportunities for organisations who can demonstrate they can meet the needs of York residents.”
Your Consortium is a not-for profit organisation that specialises in managing grants and contracts on behalf of the voluntary and community sector and supporting them to develop their organisations.
The consortium already works with 28 organisations in York, and has brought £1.3 million of funding to deliver services in the city through its partners since it was set up four years ago.