Research and Analytics

General Finance

External Funding Statistics

January 2008

Non-mainstream funding, external funding, grant funding - whatever you call it - are all valuable sources of income that can be used to help ease the pressure on valuable local authority resources. For the purposes of this survey, external funding is defined as discretionary money not accounted for within the local government finance settlement. External funding is distributed by various UK and EU agencies on a business case or competitive basis requiring an application.

The Bidding Process

A high 78% of those bids submitted in 2006/07 were successful. Of the remainder, 8% are still pending a decision and 14% were unsuccessful. Compared to 2005/06 this has changed very little, with slightly fewer successful bids this year.

A higher number of bids are submitted, on average, within Metropolitan districts, whilst a lower number are submitted, perhaps unsurprisingly, within Non Metropolitan districts. The average number submitted during 2006/07 of 29.8 has fallen again by a further 14% on the corresponding number of bid applications submitted in 2005/06, which follows a fall of 9% between 2004/05 and 2005/06.

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January 2008

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