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City makes R8 million in funding available to give social service NGOs a hand up<p>Social service NGO applicants seeking funding from the City are required to submit proposals for programmes that take an innovative and creative approach to the following social development priorities: Vulnerable children and youth; persons with disabilities; empowerment of women; street people; Early Childhood Development; and Arts, Culture and Heritage.</p><p>‘The job of repairing our social fabric is a massive undertaking that the City and government as a whole cannot do on its own. We rely on the NGO sector and its proven its worth time and again. Many organisations are working tirelessly to build individuals and communities, often with very little funding. So this is an opportunity for those who focus on social development issues that mirror the City’s priorities to apply for funding for projects to ease their financial load.</p><p>‘Apart from grant-in-aid funding, registered non-profit organisations can also apply for rebates from the City in terms of rates and utilities. These are but a few of the ways in which this administration is trying to help the sector thrive, because we are not able to reach our goals for a better society without them,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>Applicants for the grant-in-aid funding have to be registered NGOs based in Cape Town who are able to provide audited financial statements and other documentation like tax clearance certificates and a copy of their constitution to prove their credentials, along with a project plan detailing what they require funding for and details of any other funding that they have received from the City of Cape Town. </p><p>Application forms are available from subcouncil offices as well as online at <a href="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Forms%2c%20notices%2c%20tariffs%20and%20lists/Grants-in-Aid-Annexure1_ApplicationForm.pdf" target="_blank">http://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Forms,%20notices,%20tariffs%20and%20lists/Grants-in-Aid-Annexure1_ApplicationForm.pdf</a></p><p>‘We have R8 million available and the minimum amount per application per project is R15 000. I appeal to applicants to be as meticulous as possible when drafting their business plans. Funding is limited and the City will not necessarily fund an entire proposal. There are also applicants who may not receive funding. This process is governed by the Municipal Finance Management Act and so there is no room for error on either side.</p><p>‘It is envisaged in the future, subject to the review of the Grant-in-aid Policy, to consider having a civilian oversight body to ensure that the allocation of funding is done with maximum transparency and public confidence,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2018-07-31T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#0e3f8a5a-df7c-4dc0-9920-a965045a4805;L0|#00e3f8a5a-df7c-4dc0-9920-a965045a4805|NGO;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#c3fe4a2a-1c69-4f8c-9778-0a2c4332bd71;L0|#0c3fe4a2a-1c69-4f8c-9778-0a2c4332bd71|grant;GP0|#f2f94a11-016c-4cfb-ab74-a757db65d722;L0|#0f2f94a11-016c-4cfb-ab74-a757db65d722|non-profit organisations1

 

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