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To improve communication, understanding and trust between partners covering all aspects of funding relationships.
All partners recognise the linking of funding to the Statutory Sector and Government and the priorities and the constraints on Statutory Sector funding.
All partners recognise the value of funding being accessible to the Voluntary and Community Sector in order to
encourage community based activity
promote social inclusion
provide services that are additional and complementary to Statutory Sector Services, which are a State duty
promote sustainable, community based, development
develop innovative ways of meeting existing local needs
Meet reporting and accounting obligations to users and funding bodies
Work to recognised quality standards, where available, in all areas of operational, governance and financial management to ensure accountability to stakeholders
Where possible and appropriate to foster sustainability by using the opportunities provided by local infrastructure organisations, to access information, support and training on fundraising.
To provide evidence that local needs are being addressed within their
area of operation and capacity.
Ensure clear and simple and where possible standardised application processes and to ensure that processes and procedures to provide unsuccessful applicants with feedback are put into place.
Provide a single point of contact, a named person, within each organisation to ensure clear lines of communication, with an effective network to access advice on funding applications
The creation of funding polices that support the principles of transparency, accountability consistency and sustainability
Provide evidence that local needs are taken on board; that consultation has been heard and priorities targeted during the funding process
To explain the purpose and aims of each funding programme, its links to organisational policy and funders’ priorities, and a timetable for processes and procedures.
Aim to foster sustainability, wherever possible and appropriate, through longer term planning and longer term funding programmes.
Provide contracts and application packs that are clear and concise, in plain language on the purpose of funding, payment timetables, monitoring and evaluation requirements and negotiation arrangements should changes occur.
Demonstrate respect for the Voluntary and Community Sector’s independence by recognising the applicant organisation’s aims as well as government policy objectives.
Where possible to ensure that the Voluntary and Community Sector are represented via an agreed structure, on funding panels and funding committees.