For those managing volunteers, community engagement or sports development, there was good news to be found this week. A £7 million fund to support building more integrated communities was announced by the Secretary of State for Communities Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP. TeamKinetic has identified a shared interest between the sectors we serve, ICIF’s purpose, and the potential role of our volunteer management software could have.

What is the ICIF?

The Integrated Communities Strategy Fund (ICIF) green paper, was launched in early 2018 and invited views on the government’s vision for building strong integrated communities. The new fund was announced on the 9th July, and aims to stimulate new thinking, build new partnerships and test innovative approaches to bringing integrating communities. A press release, available on, summarises the ICIF:

“We are inviting applications to support approaches which help build integrated communities. This includes projects that use sport and physical activity to encourage integration. The government will be working in partnership with Sport England, which is contributing to the new Integrated Communities Innovation Fund, to support projects of this type.”

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Read the full article here

The fund aims to support projects which meet the following criteria:

  • Offer sound reasoning as to why they will be likely to achieve positive integration outcomes and, where available, have a clear evidence base to support this.
  • Have a clear understanding of how outcomes will be measured and how the success of the project can be evaluated.
  • Demonstrate how they have, or will secure, buy-in to the proposal from delivery partners and from the local communities in which they will be tested.
  • Show potential for growth, both in terms of the number of people reached and effectiveness in different local contexts.
  • Demonstrate clear deliverability, good value for money and are financially sustainable
  • Are led by organisations that are willing to share their experiences and learning, both honestly and widely.

How could this funding be used to support your voluntary organisation?

From our research, we believe voluntary organisations could successfully apply to the fund to support the costs of a volunteer management system. TeamKinetic believes our experience and market-leading volunteer management software would help to position the application with the support, integration and potential to scale, desired by ICIF.

r volunteer management software could be a  perfect fit for such funding.

  • With ten years of experience supporting the development of volunteer programmes, TeamKinetic’s software is designed specifically to encourage frequent and meaningful interactions resulting in volunteering
  • Working alongside hundreds of organisations in the UK and around the world we can provide evidence for the positive impact our software has had on communities
  • Our software enables organisations or project leaders to track and measure the impact of their work. The reporting features capture the level of engagement, which can be analysed based upon ethnicity, age, sexes, location, socioeconomics, and more.
  • As a delivery partner to the project, we can offer our full support and experience through our advice and suggestions to help you to use the funding in an efficient way
  • We can also use our extensive network to introduce new delivery partners who can support your cause
  • We have an extensive portfolio of clients who have seen an incremental change to the size and scalability of their operations due to our software
  • We already work in partnership with a selection of sector groups, including the Join-in Consortium and the Sport Volunteer Research Network
  • Each year we invite hundreds of organisation to join us at our annual volunteering conference, held in Manchester, to discuss the latest trends and topics of volunteer and community development

If you would like to read a case study on how TeamKinetic has helped to build a community for Seashell Trust please take a moment to read this:

To discuss this funding opportunity further, please get in touch:

0161 914 5757