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Make it easy on yourself - bidding for contracts

I was on a training course this week about preparing bids for statutory grants and tenders. A lot of the focus was on thinking about it from the ‘other side’ – the procurement officers and commissioners who assess applications coming from voluntary and community organisations.


Still waiting for funds from last financial year?

Over the last month, both Compact advocates have been out and about promoting the Compact and talking to a number of organisations and individuals. Ingela spoke at an event in Durham talking about the Compact and Equality Duties, while I was at the South West Forum’s annual Compact event.


Prospective Parliamentary Candidates should pledge their support for the voluntary and community sector

Since the announcement of the general election last week, prospective parliamentary candidates around the country have announced that they are seeking our votes.
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A welcome change to health commissioning guidance

We read this morning of a welcome development in commissioning health services, which reverses years of unequal practice across the country.


Office of the Third Sector Compact breach

In October, 32 small charitable organisations across England received notification that they would receive funding under a new initiative, the Campaign Research Programme (CRP). This initiative, overseen by the Office of the Third Sector (OTS), would strengthen the ability of these organisations to campaign and have their voice heard.

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