COMMERCIAL: The East Sussex primary care trust cluster and local authority is to offer up to £8m worth of commissions to voluntary and community organisations.

It is the second year that the two organistions have jointly commissioned such services, using a “prospectus” detailing the outcomes needed from providers and the money available to them.

Organisations can apply for grants by 26 April. Awards will be announced in July with new services starting from October 2012. 

Last year the prospectus approach was used to award more than £7m in total through 67 grants to 47 voluntary and community organisations.

Becky Shaw, chief executive of East Sussex County Council, said: “This is a new and exciting way for us to commission services. Tying the funding to outcomes means that we can be specific about the results we want to achieve.”

Local people who use the services also play a “key role” in deciding who should be given grants, according to a press release.