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Guidance for submitting a proposal for Regulatory Settlement funding

Guidance around submitting a proposal for Regulatory Settlement funding including what Regulatory Settlement funds are and criteria for proposals.

What kind of proposals can be submitted?

Proposals must be for socially responsible purposes which address gambling related harm or other licensing objectives and should demonstrate how they will accelerate progress to reduce gambling harms.

From time to time the Commission may indicate priority issues, within the up to date statement on regulatory settlements, where proposals would be particularly welcome. This does not mean that other proposals will automatically be unsuccessful, nor that all proposals covering a priority issue will be successful.

Approvals will take account of the potential for overlap of funding of projects or programmes of work with funding or commissioning from other organisations (where known).

In most cases, regulatory settlement funds are best used as one-off payments for projects or programmes of work, rather than ongoing, core funding.

The body to be in receipt of the funds must be willing to accept the money with clear associated paperwork that the monies are part of a settlement in lieu of financial penalty, not a voluntary donation.

Proposals should clearly articulate how the project or pilot will be evaluated to demonstrate what effects it had, for whom and why. Good evaluations help us to understand what works and what does not work, and to build on this understanding for the future. Proposals should include a clear articulation of what an intervention is intended to do, the outcomes it is intended to achieve, and how it is envisaged these outcomes will come about. The chosen evaluation approach should be proportionate, matching design and choice of methods to the scale of the intervention and available resources. Proposals should also set out how findings will be shared and disseminated with relevant stakeholders.

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