We were delighted to learn that our Business Plan has been approved, and that our funding under the Community Services Programme has been extended for another 3 years, bringing us up to the end of 2019.
The Community Services Fund (CSP) is an initiative of the Department of Social Protection and is designed to support 3rd sector enterprises such as Masamba that would not be able to deliver a service in the regular economic market. The idea is that the company has to generate a certain level of its own funding through earnings, and that we should be moving towards eventually being financially able to run without any external funding.
The CSP supports our work in local communities, specifically those communities that experience social and financial disadvantage. This work would include almost all of the workshops we deliver. This funding has allowed us the stability to be able to develop long-term relationships with several schools and youth organisations, and to be able to support several other community organisations through workshops and performances.
As well as the fact that the confirmation of the new funding means that we can focus on doing our jobs, and not fundraising, we have also been granted funding to employ an extra music tutor, which should allow us to work with a greater number of projects, and free up our Manager to well, manage.