November 2, 2016
More attention to local planning
Most grant schemes operate by inviting applications from community organisations with final decisions being made purely on the basis of the application itself – rarely if ever asking whether the investment or grant aligns in any way with locally agreed priorities for the area. Many communities already have their own plans in place – but these are routinely ignored by the ‘system’. Earlier this year, SCA reviewed evidence of what was happening on the ground. Both funders and planners are missing a real trick by not engaging more directly with these local plans.