- What we do
- Theory of Change
2013 November - Funding Partnerships and Consortia: Benefits and Challenges for the Funder
Faced by a choice between a consortium of small specialist providers and a single 'one size fits all' provider, what are the benefits and challenges for the funder who picks the consortium? The meeting heard from:
• London Councils and consortium partners from the ground-breaking pan-London Violence Against Women & Girls Consortium;
• Rocket Science on their experience of partnership funding through the Mayors Mentoring Fund;
• City Bridge Trust on their experience of a consortium of funds seeking to commission a consortium of partners to deliver the Fear & Fashion programme;
• LB Hounslow on their experience of funding a consortium to deliver their Hate Crime Support Service
Janet McDermott, Aya Project, Imkaan and Women's Aid Capacity Building Partnership
Natalie Gyte, Women’s Resource Centre
John Griffiths, Rocket Science
Ciaran Rafferty, City Bridge Trust
Aine Haye, LB Hounslow
Our Learning from Funders series enables funders to look together at good and innovative approaches to funding London’s voluntary and community sectors. Each meeting explores a particular aspect of the funder relationship with funded groups. This event, focusing on Funding partnership and consortia, enabled participants to consider amongst other issues:
• Why prefer partnership/consortia bids and when might they be appropriate?
• What lead-in time do groups need to prepare a joint bid?
• Structuring the contract arrangements:
§ Is the only way to have a lead partner handing all finance, collating monitoring information, undertaking due diligence with all partners?
§ What is cost for the lead partner?
§ How much will the funder allow them to charge?
§ What are the implications for the relationship with others in the partnership?
§ Is this administrative process appropriate for every kind of consortium structure?
• How is the lead partner selected? Is it feasible to run a contract with a lead partner that is smaller than other partners in the consortium?
• During the contract: what happens when a partner drops out, or when one fails to deliver?
• What are the challenges in monitoring the grant: is the funder’s relationship with individual partners or only with the lead; can you track service users over the partnership?
• If a partnership has been formed rapidly to apply for a particular pot of funding, what characteristics will enable it to build into something bigger or more far-reaching?
A full report from this meeting is available here.
What we do
- London Funders projects
- Network groups
- Learning from Funders
- Models for reaching sustainability
- 2015 September - Cultural Commissioning
- 2015 July - Learning from Big Local
- 2015 March - Early Action and Intervention
- 2014 December - Building Community Reslience
- 2014 August - What's the future for London's VCS Infrastructure?
- 2014 May - Is it now or never? Thinking about core funding...
- Funding Infrastructure- the good, the bad or not at all?
- Funding Partnerships and Consortia: Benefits and Challenges for the Funder
- Support in a challenging climate
- Levels of demand
- Personalisation in adult social care
- Payment by Results
- Impact measurement
- Online applications
- Funding groups in crisis
- Scaling up
- Recent meetings
- Events & Training