At its meeting on Friday 22 September, the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board (IJB) agreed to extend a number of grants streams forward to March 2019, 12 months beyond the current expiry date. The Council aligned the end dates of all the above grants to 31 March 2018 on the basis that the budget for these programmes is now delegated and it is for the Integration Joint Board to determine its grantmaking strategy for 2018 and beyond.
In addition to the main grant programme, part of the Social Justice Fund associated with Integration Joint Board functions has also been delegated to the Board by the Council; as has the contribution to the health inequalities programme previously funded through Edinburgh Community Health Partnership. Grants have also been made through the Integrated Care Fund.
All of these grants are now extended and are designed to:
- promote community resilience and local activism;
- encourage self-help and volunteering initiatives;
- complement wider spending on health and wellbeing and inequality strategies;
- deliver a ‘return’ on investment’ by providing the leverage needed to attract other sources of grant funding; and
- support the maintenance of the civic ‘fabric’ of Edinburgh.
During 2018 there will be a full grants review and the scope, methodology and timescale will be reported back to the IJB for approval in November. The work of this review will be led by the IJB Strategic Planning Group.
Further information is available here – full IJB report.