To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much and what proportion of the Local Sustainability Fund has been spent.
The Local Sustainability Fund supported around 260 small and medium size charities and social enterprises to strengthen their organisations and help secure the future of their services. Grant holders project’s came to an end in June 2017. The total spend was £18.7 million.
An evaluation was published in January 2018, which found that 94% of recipients reported improvement in the ‘strength, sustainability and resilience’ of their organisation. Improvements were reported in a range of areas including governance and leadership, strategic thinking and planning, income diversification and confidence and self-belief.