Voluntary sector grants

The council consulted on proposed changes to the way it provides grants to the voluntary sector, Southampton City Council currently invests over £20 million per year in the voluntary sector of which £2.4M is awarded in grants and £18.6M is awarded in contracts.


This consultation ran for 12 weeks from 2 December 2016 to 24 February 2017.

Feedback received during the consultation period will inform our proposals which will then be presented in a final report to the key officer. It is intended that the final decision will be made in March 2017 by Chief Strategy Officer in consultation with the Leader of the Council. Once the final decision is made the council will provide information on how funding will be available in the future, the priorities against which funding decisions will be made and the process for any applications.

As there is a direct impact on voluntary sector agencies, particularly in relation to grant aided organisations, the council started a 12 week consultation period and the consultation is being undertaken in two ways:

  1. A public consultation exercise comprising of an online questionnaire and consultation meetings.
  2. Individual consultation with grant aided organisations currently in receipt of three year grant funding who may be impacted by the proposals. This will be done by email, face to face meetings with individual organisations (if requested) and priority booking for the consultation meetings.

Three meetings were held in January to discuss the proposals in the voluntary sector grants consultation. This is an opportunity to find out more, ask questions and give feedback. Please see our Eventbrite page to book a place at one of the meetings.

The council is mindful of the Southampton Compact and the Best Value Statutory Guidance and is committed to undertaking the consultation, and any transition from the current arrangements, within these agreements and guidelines.

If you would like to be notified when the report is published please email: grants@southampton.gov.uk

If you are a current three year grant recipient you will be notified automatically.

If you would like a copy of the questionnaire in another format please email grants@southampton.gov.uk or call 023 8083 4067.

3. You can send comments to:

Joanne Hughes
Integrated Commissioning Unit
Southampton City Council
Civic Centre
SO14 7LY

Further information