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Social Value Act: Implementation and measurement funding

Deadline: 17 September 2015 17:00 (18:00 CET) | Value: £3,000 (min), £30,000 (max) | Area: Throughout England


The Social Value (Public Services) Act 2012 came into force in 2013.  It requires commissioners to think about how a procurement might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area when buying services above specific thresholds.  The Act is therefore a tool that commissioners can use to help them secure greater value for the public money they spend.


Three key barriers have been identified that need to be overcome in order for the Act to be utilised to its full potential: awareness and take-up, practical understanding, and measurement.

This project seeks to address all three aspects, with a particular focus on practical understanding and measurement.

With a total of £30,000 available (including VAT), the project will provide a financial contribution to between 5-10 organisations to work with public contracting authorities to embed social value in their processes, with a particular focus on enhancing the effective and proportionate measurement of social value.

At the end of each individual project, the provider organisation will write up the project into a case study, which will be published on and promoted via an online network.

Who can apply

Think tanks, research bodies, private companies and civil society organisations are anticipated to be the likely applicants.

More information

Download the project outline and expression of interest form.