Previously we’ve told you about the three approaches we’d like to see in our new funding portfolio – vital support, prevention and community-led and the conversations we’ve been having with a range of people to test ideas, gather opinion and consider options.
This month we’ve been busy continuing conversations and factoring what we’ve heard into the new funding portfolio discussions.
We’ve hosted five roundtables. A couple have been general discussions but others have focussed on key areas we wanted to interrogate further.
We’ve asked representatives from BME communities what they believe are the strengths in their communities and where we could do more to support activity.
We’ve held another meeting of our Reference Panel. The Reference Panel is made up of applicants and grantholders from across Scotland and at the most recent meeting they shared their thoughts on the funding process, from application through to project closure and discussed the themes of ‘Place’ and ‘People-led’.
‘Place’ and ‘People-led’ are words that we’ve found ourselves coming back to time and again. They relate to the main principle that is driving our new funding portfolio development, this being ‘People in communities at the heart of everything that we do’. We’re very much aware that these words mean different things to different people and we are exploring these in our ongoing conversations with stakeholders. Clarity and simplicity are also important to us during the funding portfolio development. This applies not only to defining what we hope to achieve over the next five years but also in the creation of application processes and materials. This is an area of work that is scheduled to start in earnest in March.
There’s still a lot of work to be done but we’ll keep you up-to-date with progress.
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