Thursday, 27 October 2016

Baring Foundation's Strengthening the Voluntary Sector

The objective of the Baring Foundation’s Strengthening the Voluntary Sector programme is to improve the organisational effectiveness of voluntary organisations. The next round has a specific focus on organisations using law and human rights bases approaches.
The funding is specifically to:
o Train and support frontline organisations in using law and human rights based approaches;
o Encourage the use of these tools in organisations with no history of taking legal action or advocating for rights; and
o Create the link between frontline activity and policy change using these approaches.
There is a total of £1 million available for this round. Two levels of funding are available:
1. Grants of up to £30,000 over six months - two years for training, education and capacity building; and
2. Grants of up to £150,000 over approximately three years for applied projects.
Seed funding grants of up to £30,000 over a 6 month-2 year period are available to support organisations to understand how their objectives can be achieved through use of the law or human rights based approaches.
Priority will be given to projects that provide:
(i) Capacity building for organisations to: 
o Identify a clear purpose, explaining how an organisation plans to use these tools to address a particular form of discrimination and disadvantage;
o Consider how additional capacity for the organisation supports the work of related organisations in the voluntary sector; and
o Explain how seed funding can translate into lasting change for the organisation and its ability to advance its mission.
(ii) Capacity building for collaborations and partnerships to: 
o Identify a clear purpose for the collaboration or partnership, including how it tackles discrimination and disadvantage;
o Demonstrate how joint working can have an impact;
o Connect organisations with legal or human rights expertise and organisations with little or no history of using these tools; and
o Consider ongoing sustainability. 
(iii) Training and education to: 
o Identify a clear purpose and/or need, either demonstrating how the law and/or human rights based approaches can address a particular form of discrimination or disadvantage or training voluntary sector organisations on specific aspects of the law or human rights based approaches;
o Be supplied by organisations with a clear track record of using these tools;
o Focus on supporting voluntary sector organisations with a limited history of using the law or human rights based approaches;
o Consider sustainability, particularly how technology can be used to make the training more widely available and longer lasting; and
o Demonstrate how the project can increase the capability of organisations to use these tools. 
Grants of up to £150,000 are available for projects that last for approximately three years. Grants will be awarded for the following types of activity:
(i) Tackling discrimination and disadvantage directly: 
o Create new opportunities to use the law or human rights based approaches to address a particular form of discrimination or disadvantage; and
o Harness existing or develop new legal capacity or human rights expertise on a specific area (eg homelessness or mental health) or using a place-based approach to build links with community organisations and front line providers, supporting organisations to recognise and tackle problems with legal or human rights based solutions.
(ii) Safeguarding the freedom of purpose, action and voice of the sector: 
o Develop legal or human rights based approaches to support the independence of the voluntary sector; and
o Apply the law or a human rights based approach to support organisations to scrutinise public sector decision making or develop and enhance advocacy and campaigns.
The application deadline is 5pm on Monday 23 January 2017.
Guidance notes are available to download from the Baring Foundation's website and application forms are available to complete online.
The Foundation is running two webinar sessions during which potential applicants can ask questions. These sessions will be held on: 
o Wednesday 16 November 2016; and
o Tuesday 13 December 2016.
Details of how to join these will be published on the Baring Foundation website from Thursday 3 November 2016.
Contact details for the programme are:
David Sampson
Strengthening the Voluntary Sector
The Baring Foundation
60 London Wall
London EC2M 5TQ
Tel: 020 7767 1136
(Source: GRIN)

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