The Efficiency North Frameworks 4 Good Fund is now open for applications for grants of up to £5,000 from local community project groups across Yorkshire and the Humber. The Fund’s Time Bank is also open for applications for up to 100 hours of free labour built up from contributions by contractors on Efficiency North’s EN Procure Elemental Works Framework.
The Fund’s Pot is made up from contributions either in cash or benefit in kind gathered every year through Efficiency North’s suite of collaborative frameworks developed for use by its members who all provide social housing throughout the Yorkshire and Humber region.
The 4 Good Fund is one of Efficiency North’s delivery vehicles for social and economic regeneration in the communities of its member organisations. To qualify for funding projects must be located within the communities of Efficiency North member organisations using Efficiency North frameworks. The fund aims to support projects that are sustainable, provide local employment opportunities, encourage self-sufficiency and that will provide long term benefits for the wider local community. The Fund is managed by a Panel made up of tenant community representatives and Efficiency North’s frameworks contractors who evaluate all applications received.
When it first opened for applications in September 2012, the 4 Good Fund backed 12 diverse community projects based in the communities of its member organisations across Yorkshire and the Humber. The consortium is this year looking to substantially increase the number of projects backed and extend its support of all the great work being put in by tenant communities at ground level.
An application pack is now available to download from the Efficiency North website at http://www.efficiencynorth.org/what-we-do/4-good-fund/. The pack includes guidance notes on completing and submitting the application. Every project applying to the fund will need to be sponsored by one of Efficiency North’s member organisations using the frameworks.
The deadline for the submission of applications is Friday 25 October 2013. It is anticipated that the Fund will be open for applications next time in October 2014.
All projects applying need to be sponsored by one of the social housing providers who are members of Efficiency North and using the consortium’s frameworks. These are:
- Aire Valley Homes Leeds
- Berneslai Homes
- Connect Housing
- East North East Homes Leeds
- East Riding of Yorkshire Council
- Hambleton District Council
- Harrogate Borough Council
- Hull City Council
- Leeds City Council
- North Lincolnshire Homes
- Richmondshire District Council
- Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
- Selby District Council
- Sheffield City Council
- St Leger Homes Doncaster
- Wakefield and District Housing
- West North West Homes Leeds
- City of York Council
4 Good Fund Panel member Adeana Raper, representing EN Procure Framework Contractors Henry Boot Construction Ltd, commented,”The 4 Good Fund is an innovative way for contractors to put something back into the community in which they’re working. Efficiency North’s members’ communities receive funding for much needed projects that will benefit residents not only now but in the future. It is a fantastic opportunity for contractors to come together with residents to work as a team to make a real difference in the local neighbourhood.”
David Ekert, Trustee Chairman of the Mental Health Action Group Hull, one of the 12 projects which received funding in the 2012 round of applications to the Fund commented, “Receiving support from the 4 Good Fund not only meant a lot to our organisation, but also meant everything to our clients; especially those who’ve been able to access our service directly as a result of this funding.”