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M:\gifts\Template\11170358L.doc Grants Committee Open Bidding Refunding Assessment Sector: Womens Sector Team: Education & Young People Richmond upon Thames Council Item for Voluntary Service (RCVS) no:14.2 1522 Contact Marsha Smith Officer: Date: 28 January 2004 Telephone: 020 7934 9520 Email: Marsha.firstname.lastname@example.org Principal RCVS is a second tier organisation which Activities of represents and advocates on behalf of the Organisation: voluntary sector in Richmond. The ALG funded project comprises a consortium between Kingston Voluntary Action, Merton Voluntary Services Council and Richmond Council for Voluntary Service, which is the lead partner in the arrangement. ALG Open Bidding A recurrent revenue grant of £248,000 over four Grant in years subject to annual review of service principal achievement and continued availability of approval funding. Full year effect £64,377. Grant Continued funding, as agreed in Otober 2002, Recommendation: providing considerable progress is demonstrated in establishing the project during the first three months of 2004. A further report will be presented to the April Committee. Purpose of grant A contribution towards the salary costs of a and agreed project manager, project development worker, outputs/outcomes project promotions worker, ICT development : worker and general running costs. The project aims to give socially excluded women in the boroughs of Kingston, Merton and Richmond the abilities and skills needed to enable them to participate in public life and decision making processes within their communities, through provision of the following services: Citizenship skills courses in the boroughs of Merton, Kingston and Richmond; Establishing an active women’s citizenship forum in each of the three boroughs; Publication and distribution of an interim report in the second to third year and final report in the fourth year of the project. These will cover all aspects of this project and its effectiveness in enhancing the role of disadvantaged women in public life and decision-making processes; Provision of an opportunity for women affected by social exclusion to take greater control of ther own futures and to influence matters affectng their communities Borough base Richmond-upon-Thames Total numbers of Londoners served as a percentage from each Borough: 0 % % % Barking and Hackney Lewisham Dagenham Barnet Hammersmith and Merton Fulham Bexley Haringey Newham Brent Harrow Redbridge Bromley Havering Richmond upon Thames Camden Hillingdon Southwark City of London Hounslow Sutton Croydon Islington Tower Hamlets Ealing Kensington and Waltham Forest Chelsea Enfield Kingston upon Wandsworth Thames Greenwich Lambeth Westminster Comments on the Borough base table The project has not yet commenced and therefore has no users at present. See comments below under ‘Monitoring/specific conditions’ and ‘Basis of recommendation’. 2003/2004 2002/2003 (estimated) Income – ALG £62,000 Income – other grants £1,039,017 Income – other income £189,367 Income – Total £1,290,384 Expenditure £1,221,173 Surplus £69,211 Net current assets £320,049 Monitoring/Specific Considerations: Richmond Council for Voluntary Service has provided written information upon which this assessment is based. According to the information provided, the first eight months of the project period involved turning the ALG funding agreement into a work plan, whilst the actual project has not started. To date, a website has been established, providing initial information on the project’s aims and objectives, as well as a feedback facility for potential applicants, local organisations and other stakeholders to register an interest in the project and contribute suggestions. In addition, it has also developed training materials and session plans for the ICT elements of the training course, which will soon be piloted. It has also agreed a work plan for the period 1 October 2003 – 31 March 2004. As the project will only be launched in January 2004, it has not yet made any progress against the agreed outputs and outcomes. The organisation has advised that the project has not started because two of their payments were delayed. Officers are concerned by this as initial payments were only being released on request towards recruitment costs. Basis of Recommendation: As outlined above, the project has made little progress towards achieving the target outcomes and outputs agreed with the Association of London Government. Their monitoring information notes that the first eight months of the funding period was taken up in developing the work plan. This seems to be an excessively long period and it is reasonable to expect that an outline work plan would have been developed at the time the grant application was drafted. Also, Richmond CVS did not contact the ALG at an early stage in the funding period to discuss the problems created by the payment delays. However, Richmond CVS states that it should achieve the outputs and outcomes within the timescale of the project as it has now appointed to all three posts. In light of these considerations, officers are recommending continuation of funding up to 30 June 2004. This will be conditional upon the organisation demonstrating clear progress with this project during the first three months of 2004.
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