The minister for civil society, Tracey Crouch, today announced that organisations wishing to become or grow as public service mutuals can bid for a share of a £1.7m fund.
Public service mutuals are organisations which have been ‘spun out’ out of the public sector, but continue to deliver public services. Employee control is a key aspect of mutual and they can be structured as a co-operative or a social enterprise.
Some £1.2m is available to create new or strengthen existing mutual and the remaining £500,000 is to pilot support programmes such as improving collaboration with other voluntary and community organisations.
Tracey Crouch, minister for sport and civil society, said: “Mutuals are run under the influence of employees to support the delivery of public services and we want to help them thrive.
“This £1.7m funding will deliver training, support programmes and mentoring to expand the high quality services mutuals provide to communities across the country.”
Organisations can check if they are eligible for funding by contacting the Mutuals Team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on: [email protected].
This round of funding is available until March 2020.