Deciding Together Local Fund
Grant making done differently by the people, for the people
Next Meeting: Drop in meetings - 23rd July and 8th September between 10am and 11am
The Network is inviting people from across the city of York to take part in a participatory funding process.
This process will make sense of where £250,000 should be allocated to help the city better respond to people facing multiple issues.
These issues include: homelessness, addiction and recovery, mental health and wellbeing, poverty and offending. The process will be supported by Two Ridings Community Foundation and York MCN.
In April 2021 we came together to start our work to design and decide a fund of £250,000 to enable systems change activity in York. We were a new group so we needed to build some relationships, but with limited time we quickly got onto the business of how do we allocate this money. Exploring, understanding and comparing models of participatory grant making.
The following video shows a recording of the first Local Fund Meeting which was held on the 16th March 2021.
Those involved have:
Together you will design a way to allocate the funding to people and groups to help the city better respond to these issues.
knowledge and experience to bring
Whether you have insight gained from experiencing these issues yourself, from a professional role, from the communities you belong to and care about, or from any other perspective, we want to hear from you.
a willingness to listen to others and learn
Whether you're interested in learning new skills or care about improving the way the city responds to multiple and complex needs, we would value your input.
There are a few different examples of participatory funding already established.
You can read more about them in the Grassroots Grantmaking: Embedding Participatitory Approaches in Funding report (by Hannah Paterson, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust).
Rolling Collective Model
All grant recipients are involved in the process of both receiving and giving funding. Those who receive funding will then make decisions for the next round of funding.
Closed Collective Model
Most appropriate for a small place or sector. Involves bringing all relevant organisations together to collectively understand needs and decide how best to spend funding available through consensus decision making.
Illustrations by Hannah Paterson
How it all works...
The money used in this process has been provided by the Lankelly Chase Foundation, a funder who has been gifting money in York for a number of years and has supported various projects.
Lankelly Chase want to change the way in which money is donated and distributed, so they are working with Two Ridings Community Foundation to begin this process of “participatory grant making”.
A group of people will first come together as a working group, meeting on a regular basis to steer the process of how money is distributed, and how decisions are made.
These meetings aim to build people’s skills and capacities, and enable all local voices to be heard. The ultimate aim is to create an flexible and fluctuating group of people in York who have the capacity to hold this process on their own in future.
It's imagined that there will be one, possibly two rounds of funding – and the aim is to allocate the first round of funding within the next 6 months.