YBF Providers Consortium
Through its membership, YBF is establishing a consortium of local providers (YBF Providers Consortium) a consortium that can bid jointly for large-scale contracts and grant opportunities. By bringing organisations together, the consortium will generate the capacity to bid for large-scale contracts on an open and competitive basis, building on our combined strengths of scale, community reach,range and breadth of services on offer.
There are 3 categories of consortium membership:
- Full members - contract ready providers
- Associate members - providers who need support to plug an identified gap (or gaps) in contract readiness
- Affiliate members - small/micro organisations who could add value to the supply chain by being spot purchased to deliver small-scale interventions. Please see Consortium Prospectus For Providers details on this page
The consortium will also work closely with local commissioners and funders to influence the adoption of innovative approaches to commissioning/funding local youth service delivery.
YBF will act as lead for the consortium and function as accountable body for the funding, once secured, ensuring that this funding is effectively distributed to consortium members to support frontline provision.
Any YBF member who wishes to be part of the supply chain for the large-scale contracts/grants that come through the YBF Providers Consortium must be a consortium member. This is because consortium membership involves an application process that entails rigorous vetting by YBF of the provider's capability to deliver. This not only means YBF can manage the risks associated with large-scale contracting, in its role as accountable body for the funds, but also, critically, pinpoint those organisations in consortium membership that needs extra capacity building support. At the same time, it gives the commissioners / funders extra comfort that their funding will be effectively managed, which is key to unlocking the funding in the first place.