City funds organisations

2019-03-19 06:00
The City has funded a multi-million rand grand to 27 organisations.

The City has funded a multi-million rand grand to 27 organisations.

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The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development (ECD) department has finalised memoranda of agreements with a number of organisations who successfully applied for Grant-in-Aidfunding.

The R6.2m Grant-in-Aid funding will benefit 27 organisations across the city for programmes towards social upliftment.

One of the organisations that will benefit from the funding is the South African National Council on Alcoholism (Sanca), which has over 2 500 beneficiaries. Sanca runs a programme for young substance abusers and prevention initiatives. It aims to reduce crime and provide better schooling and health care and improve social cohesion. The funds will help the organisation to implement the substance abuse prevention programme in Maitland and Kensington.

The City’s social development and ECD department issued a call for submissions in August last year to registered non-governmental organisations that work in the area of social development to apply for the funding.

After a thorough process of vetting applications and ensuring that all the set criteria had been met, a list of 27 beneficiaries was compiled for organisations working in the areas of early childhood development as well as vulnerable groups like street people, youth development, substance abuse and the arts and culture sector. Collectively, the beneficiaries will receive R6 234 568.20. “Applicants had to give a detailed description of projects that they require funding for. These projects had to align with the core areas that the City focuses on in terms of social development and early development, like youth development and vulnerable groups,” Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien said.

“The City recognises that there was a much wider reach when it collaborates with non-government sectors. The grant-in-aid funding is one such example. I am confident that the beneficiaries will make a valuable contribution towards our broader social upliftment goals,” he says.

Other applications could not be considered for reasons including lack of audited financial statements; not being registered on the City’s supply chain management database; not having a valid SARS tax clearance certificate; not applying timeously and submitting applications for projects that did not meet the brief.

“The application criteria are set out in terms of legislation and we find that this is where many organisations come unstuck. The City hosts workshops for NGOs to help them meet compliance requirements which make them eligible for funding opportunities. It is clear from this process that more needs to be done in this area,’ Badroodien concluded.

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