Many LPs run community grant schemes, through which a modest pot of money is set aside for community groups to apply for to deliver small projects that contribute towards the aims of the scheme.
It can be an excellent way for an LP to engage with the community and for local people to define what is important to them. There are many examples of LPs delivering good small grant schemes and I recently visited the ‘Up on the Downs’ LP (http://www.uponthedowns.org.uk/Home.aspx) to hear first-hand about the positive impact small grants were making in the area, both in terms of delivering projects and bringing groups together in partnership.
I’m keen to learn more about what the key factors are in making them a success and also what the main things someone should think about are when planning and running such scheme as part of an LP. This could be anything from setting the right level of grant, to how decisions are made and how a project is monitored and evaluated.
It would be great to hear your thoughts on this and any good examples out there we can share and learn from.
All the best