Re: Government funding
- From: Martin Whelan <martin.whelan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 17:26:23 +0000 (UTC)
Shaun Joynson wrote:
"Ewan Scott" <ewanscott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:ded17m$d3u$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
This is a trend that is coming about. It may become even harder for us to access funds when we are competing against evry downtroden single parent cause in the country. Not much we can do about it, but at least you know.
Question is, should we care?
I've known of the odd LEA grant or two coming the way of some of the Scout Groups I have worked in over the years, but I was always led to believe that Scouting raised its own funds and was never reliant on anyone.
If its being offered, we'll take it, but if not then stuff em, we'll
rely on our own efforts, same as we've always done.
Ahh government funding, that old chesnut. I should preface this post with the fact that I work in External Funding as part of my job.
There is a current movement towards larger consolidated funded, as opposed to smaller more specialised funding pools, e.g. the lottery etc. The rationale behind this, is to cut costs, improve efficiency etc, however for cynics it does allow more central manipulation as to how the money is spent. Take the example of the lottery, it is now being used to fund "core" projects in health and educations, for which it was never designed to do so.
The major impact on funding is going to be sport over the next 10 to 15 years, London already has the olympics, but there are already serious consideration being given to a 2014 Glasgow bid for the Commonwealth Games, and the 2018 World Cup by England. These are major event, whose success is directly linked to the fortunes of the government, fail and the government takes a pasting.
there is only limited funding available, and from time to time governments will have priorities at the moment sustainable communities in the widest possible sense is a major one, but there are others. They will generally be broadly linked to the political priorities of the government, for instance City Challenge was focussed on some cities to boast the Conservative support. making the conditions is key, do your homework and you MAY succeed.
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