New £20 million Local Sustainability Fund to offer help with planning for the future


The Cabinet Office has recently launched a new programme, the Local Sustainability Fund to give grants that will increase the sustainability of around 250 organisations working in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. The average size of grant is expected to be around £70,000.

This programme is different to many other grant schemes. There are two elements to the first stage of the programme, an organisational diagnostic tool and an LSF eligibility checker.

The organisation first undertakes an assessment through the VCSE diagnostic tool and gets a report. It takes about an hour to complete. It helps analyse key information about your organisation, and provides a report highlighting areas for development.

After you’ve completed your report sustainability, this can then be submitted to the Big Lottery Fund, and some organisations will be invited to make a more detailed application at the second stage.

The organisations that are offered funding will be those with a strong track record of delivering services and empowering their beneficiaries, who are experiencing some current challenges, and which with targeted support, can have a strong long term future.

We have been told that Big Lottery Fund will choose a number of organisations representing a range of beneficiaries, areas of work, locations and challenges, and give them the opportunity to apply for funding to help them with their transformation work.

With helplines facing a number of challenges, increasing calls and uncertain futures we hope that some helplines are able to benefit from this funding, and from the sustainability reports. If you do go for this funding, do let us know how you get on.

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