Half-million cash boost for voluntary group projects

17 March 2016

Today sees the launch of Brent Council's Voluntary Sector Initiative Fund (VSIF), where voluntary organisations and social enterprises that have bright ideas for new projects, are being encouraged to apply for up to £50,000 in financial support over two years.


Brent Council has today opened up applications for the VSIF, which will provide up to £480,000 over two years to support new projects that can demonstrate a benefit to the local community.


Each successful project can benefit from a maximum of £25,000 in each of the next two years, which is now running in its fourth year.


Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said, "Government cuts to local authorities mean that councils and communities alike are more dependent than ever before on the role that voluntary organisations play in helping to improve lives in our borough.


"It is down to all of us to support these organisations in whatever way we can, be it in giving of some time each week to support the cause or in providing some financial support, which is what this scheme aims to do.


"I would encourage all organisations in the borough that run projects that improve lives, to take a closer look at this scheme and get an application in. It may well result in some significant funding which will help make a real difference over the next two years."


To be successful, applicants will need to demonstrate how their project proposal meets one of Brent's 'Borough Plan' objectives of getting people into work, providing children with the best start in life possible, improving the health of Brent residents, reducing crime, or in providing support to Brent's vulnerable. Other objectives include helping to provide good quality arts and leisure opportunities, promoting community cohesion, encouraging people to take part in democracy and helping to make Brent a cleaner and greener borough.


To assist organisations with their applications, the council has arranged two application workshops where advice and more information will be available.


  • Thursday 17 March 2016, 6pm to 8pm, Boardrooms 7 & 8, Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley HA9 0FJ


  • Monday 21 March 2016, 12noon to 2pm, Performance Area, Willesden Green Library, 95 High Road, Willesden, NW10 2SF


The deadline for applications is 10am on Monday 18 April 2016.


More information can be found online at www.brent.gov.uk/vsif but for any enquiries on the Voluntary Sector Initiative Fund, please email voluntarysector@brent.gov.uk