The Cabinet Office Centre for Social Action is pleased to announce that the Rehabilitation Social Action Fund is now open for applications. This fund has been developed in partnership with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), drawing on consultation with 37 organisations throughout May 2013.
The Rehabilitation Social Action Fund will be run through the Cabinet Office’s Centre for Social Action which aims to tackle social issues by making the most of individuals and communities resources, for example by promoting volunteering, mentoring or peer-to-peer support. The Centre will promote social action by supporting innovation, scaling up social action models, developing infrastructure to facilitate social action, and building an evidence base.
The Rehabilitation Social Action Fund will give organisations the resource to explore approaches to deliver social action programmes at a greater scale, whether that is through partnership working, expansion of an existing service, or replication of a model in a new location. The Cabinet Office will be looking for applications from organisations with a strong business case for scaling up a well tested social action programme. It will also give grant recipients the opportunity to invest in demonstrating the impact of social action as an effective tool to reduce reoffending, drawing in expertise from research specialists where needed.
Up to £3.5 million will be available and programmes can apply for grants of between £50,000 and £250,000. Charities or social enterprises using social action to reduce reoffending in England can apply. Applicants will need to have well tested models of social action supporting adult offenders with at least 2 years delivery experience and existing offender referral pathways. Organisations will be supported to develop scale over the 18 month grant period (from October 2013 to end March 2015), appropriate to their size and expertise, in order to achieve sustainability. We will strongly welcome organisations with match funding and a strong case for how they plan to fund their activities beyond this fund.
More info can be found at www.gov.uk/centre-for-social-action.