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Grant recipient of the VCSE Contract Readiness Fund

School for Social Entrepreneurs in consortium with Social Enterprise UK and Voice4Change England the winning grant recipient of the VCSE Contract Readiness Fund.

Over 75% of VCSEs (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises) deliver public services where they are based, with strong links to and knowledge of that locality. Their expertise and connection to local areas ideally place them to create responsive, efficient and trusted public services, but despite the value that VCSEs bring to public services, they only account for around 5% of government spend on contracts.

An independent study commissioned by DCMS highlighted that the VCSE sectors face a variety of barriers to participating in public procurement. To address these and increase the opportunities for VCSEs in public procurement, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) launched the VCSE Contract Readiness Fund grant competition in September.

Following a competitive process, DCMS are pleased to announce that the VCSE Contract Readiness Fund will be awarded to a SSE, SEUK and V4CE: Contract Readiness Pathway consortium. This consortium is led by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, working in partnership with Social Enterprise UK and Voice4Change England.

The consortium will be awarded up to £900,000 across 2022/23, 2023/24 and 2024/25.

DCMS will work with the consortium to co-design and deliver a programme that will enable the VCSE sectors to increase its participation in public service procurement in England.

Claire Dove, VCSE Crown Representative, yesterday commented:

“The VCSE Contract Readiness programme will help improve the skills, knowledge and networks of VCSEs, providing greater opportunity for VCSEs to secure contracts so they can continue to play a vital role in delivering public services.”

Further details on the programme and how to get involved will be published on gov.uk early in 2023.

 

Channel website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-culture-media-sport

Original article link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/grant-recipient-of-the-vcse-contract-readiness-fund

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