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Local Community Fund

The Local Community Fund is the new voluntary sector funding programme which will replace the current Mainstream Grants Fund when it comes to an end in September 2019.

This programme is being developed through a process of co-production where the council and local voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations are working as equal partners in setting priorities, the outcomes we want to achieve for local people and the way services are designed to help achieve those outcomes.

The process started in January 2018 working together on the core principles and shape of the new programme. This was agreed by the council in March. Read the report to the Mayor and Cabinet.

Following further co-production work with the VCS in the spring and early summer, the draft framework for the programme, setting out themes, priorities and high level outcomes, was published last month. Read the framework.

The council will be considering the final themes, priorities and high level outcomes for the new programme, the funding process, training and support which will be available to organisations and the budget that will be available in a report to Cabinet on 31 October. Read the Cabinet report.

We will continue to provide updates on events relating to the Local Community Fund and more detail about the timeline and deadlines. We are working closely with Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Service (THCVS) in developing the programme and you can find more information about the programme, co-production events, training and support on the THCVS website.