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Funding Advice Service Key Principles

It was agreed that the Funding Advice Services group would pull together a set of key principles which would define the standards of service across organisations.  It is anticipated that this will be branded as an Involving Lincs initiative to which all Involving Lincs members who deliver funding advice services will be invited to sign up.  It is possible that the Key Principles could include a logo which members who sign up could use on their publicity materials.

In addition we would like to see the Key Principles incorporated into contracts with Lincolnshire County Council.

AimsThe aim of the Key Principles is to maintain quality funding advice services that are accessible with strong foundations in the delivery of services to meet local needs and priorities.
Signatories to the Involving Lincs Funding Advice Services Key Principles should be aware of the environment in which they operate and develop their services to meet the needs of the communities and groups that they serve.
ValuesProviding high quality, independent and objective services.
Maintain consistency and transparency.

Develop training and support packages that meet identified needs and allow communities and groups to develop.

Providing services that ensure equality of opportunity and fairness.

Ensure that our facilities, publicity and support materials are accessible.

Providing relevant information, resources, practical advice and support.
Seamless serviceWhere signatories to the Involving Lincs Funding Advice Services Key Principles cannot provide the particular service needed by the client, they must inform the client and signpost them to an alternative service provider, where available.
TrainingSignatories to the Involving Lincs Funding Advice Services Key Principles must ensure that staff possess or acquire the skills and knowledge required support voluntary and community groups to access and manage the funds that enable them to achieve their objectives.
Funding Advice Workers should to be able to provide information on a range of ways to raise funds including but not limited to grant applications, generating donations, income through trading, and fundraising strategies.
Commitment to qualityAll signatories to the Involving Lincs Funding Advice Services Key Principles are committed to reviewing and improving the quality of their service annually.
Joint service deliveryCommunities and groups seeking funding advice should be made aware of the services offered across the Involving Lincs Partnership. Signatories to the Involving Lincs Funding Advice Services Key Principles should ensure that the Funding Advice Services information on the Involving Lincs website is current and with reciprocal links in place from partners’ websites and that they are aware of what the other partners can provide.