Building Bridges: Bringing local authorities and independent funders into dialogue

Research published by NLGN (with contributions from London Funders) has shown that as society undergoes rapid social change, independent funders are crucial to the future of placemaking.
The research, supported by the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, found that due to local government budgets coming under increasing pressure, service delivery has reduced as need has grown – and with this comes an increasing role for civil society to secure the wellbeing of communities.
Building Bridges found that councils need to work more closely with other funders of civil society, and communities, to enable change. To achieve this, local authorities should ensure there is a senior officer responsible for developing funding; and elected members should see their role as key to building bridges between the council and independent funders.
In turn, independent funders, such as charitable trusts and endowments, should work collaboratively with councils in order to define what ‘good’ service delivery looks like.
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