Funding body information

Portsmouth City Council

Portsmouth City Council
Civic Offices
Guildhall Square
023 9283 4092

Point of contact:

Voluntary Sector Team, Integrated Commissioning Unit, (023) 9284 1451,


The Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Commissioning and Funding Framework

The Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Commissioning and Funding Framework has been developed by the Integrated Commissioning Unit. The framework has been developed with a view to provide an opportunity to look at areas where the Council and CCG can re-model or transform services or develop new services with the VCS which can deliver the council's priorities and also achieve savings in areas that are under great pressure.

All proposals will need to demonstrate how they cover the following core elements:

  • To work in partnership to make the best use of resources available
  • To take an active involvement of local service users and carers in the planning and delivery of support
  • To have an active plan to ensure access for all to meet the diverse needs of communities
  • To actively market the support on offer to the local community using networks and promotional material and media
  • To target support to those most in need
  • To promote mental wellbeing in all that you do
  • To have a clear plan for staff recruitment, training, supervision and development
  • To have a clear plan for monitoring quality and evaluation
  • To provide and manage information and advice to local people in a timely way, increasing independence, making the best
    use of local knowledge and networks
  • To engage with local communities' and commissioners in a way that improves effectiveness
  • To ensure staff and volunteers have the right skills to support beneficiaries to achieve the outcomes they need
  • To find ways for local people to become engaged in their communities'
  • To use a cost effective local base/point to build locally accountable social capital
  • To set out proposed cost to meeting outcomes
  • To include a clear account of any other funding which is being drawn down from other sources and how this supports the

More information can be found on the Portsmouth Council Wesbite, whilst a Grant Application form can be downloaded here.

The Voluntary Sector Capacity and Transition Fund

Portsmouth City Council's Budget for 2015/16 included a new £500K fund earmarked to support the development of a thriving voluntary and community sector in the city. Portsmouth Council's Voluntary Sector Capacity and Transition Fund has been developed to enable the voluntary sector in Portsmouth to reconigure their services or enhance their capacity and infrastructure in order to support or indeed provide council services, and therefore take the burden away from the council.

In order to achieve this, the funding available should be used in line with the council's existing spend to save process and associated criteria.

As a general rule, a successful Spend to Save scheme will need to fulfil the following criteria:

  • The scheme is likely to be of a revenue (day to day) nature. Capital (e.g. construction) projects may be considered however with the total of the fund set at £500,000 it is less likely for these type of schemes to be viable.
  • There is a high degree of certainty that for the investment required, savings will be made
  • The payback period must be within 4 years

For further information about other funding opportunities, please contact the Voluntary Sector Team or visit the council's website.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

Funding Toolkit

Useful organisations:

Fareham Action

External funding opportunities

The website was useful and informative and a full explanation is given on the current funding situation in regards to the voluntary sector, however it was quite difficult to navigate.

The Voluntary and Community Sector Support Officer was also helpful in explaining the council's funding situation.

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