Open 4 Community
Designed to meet the specific needs of local authority community development departments, CVSs, housing associations and large charities, Open 4 Community enables you to provide an enhanced information service for local groups.
Charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations can search through the hundreds of Government, Lottery, charitable trust and other funds available to them on a European, national, regional and local basis.
Open 4 Community also takes into account the increasing trend towards funding voluntary and community groups through contracting and commissioning by providing full information on relevant national, regional and local procurement opportunities.
Launched in January 2013, the Hull 4 Funding platform is funded by Hull City Council and powered by Idox.
As part of a survey to obtain user feedback on the platform, Idox is pleased to report the following key findings:
- 40% of the survey's 81 respondents had applied for funding from external sources following the identification of funding opportunities on the Hull 4 Funding platform.
- A quarter of all respondents successfully secured funding as a direct result of using the platform.
- The funding amounts received ranged from £500 to up to £70,000, with a collective total of a staggering £230,000 quoted in the survey responses.
A further 7% of respondents had applications pending as a result of opportunities identified through the platform.
As of summer 2014, the portal had over 650 registered users to the site, with new registrations growing month on month.
Councillor Darren Hale at Hull City Council commented:
"The survey findings provide evidence that the Hull 4 Funding platform offers a valuable and worthwhile service to community groups in the Hull area. At a time of significant challenges in sourcing funding to achieve community goals, the Council is delighted to see that the portal enables local organisations to find alternative funding streams and provides a real return on investment.
Knowing that the tool has already helped to secure almost ¼ million pounds to community groups and local organisations, it provides us with the reassurance that we are doing all we can to ensure that our communities get their share of the overall UK funding pot."