Department for Education launches transitional fund for children's services projects
A transitional two-year funding programme has been launched by the Department for Education (DfE) to support vital children's services while providers identify alternative finance.
Voluntary and community organisations as well as social enterprises have been invited to make initial tenders for funds by noon next Thursday (9 December). Full bids will be invited from successful tenders on 22 December, with a deadline for formal bids of 31 January 2011. Applicants will be told whether their bids have been successful on 25 February 2011 with funding commencing from April 2011.
The fund is separate to the £100m of transition funding to help the charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises that are most vulnerable to public spending cuts, administered by the Office for Civil Society.
A prospectus from the DfE website [686 kB, DOC] sets out a bidding process for funds on a "not-for-profit" basis for grant-funded projects of national significance. The prospectus is accompanied by an FAQ [168 kB, DOC].
The prospectus document lists grant funding priority areas as: families and relationships; early years and childcare; special educational needs and disabilities; children in care; child protection and safeguarding; and young people.
Source: Children & Young People Now