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Community Leadership Fund

Volume 697: debated on Tuesday 18 December 2007

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

What are the assessment criteria for grants from the Community Leadership Fund; whether these include delivery impact; if so, what is meant by that term; who are the assessors; and whether they include persons who are theologically qualified and who have experience and knowledge of local Muslim and other communities. [HL907]

The assessment criteria for awarding grants from the Community Leadership Fund are:

the extent to which the proposal aligns with the stated objectives of the fund;

the level of change that the proposed work will realise and the value for money; and

the capacity of the applicant to deliver the proposed work.

All applicants will also be checked to ensure that they meet the terms of the statutory authority under which the grants are made (the Charities Act 2006) and government financial requirements.

Funding decisions are taken by the Secretary of State on the advice of a panel of civil servants. Experienced and knowledgeable advice on Islam, Muslim communities and other communities is provided by three Muslim community advisers engaged by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Each project funded by the Community Leadership Fund is evaluated individually against the project activities and the measures for effectiveness agreed at the start of that project.