ISB, which offers funding to projects bringing together two or more public sector bodies to deliver services more efficiently, is worth£47m in 2001-02.
Guidance for bids in round three has changed substantially from last year. In addition to preference being given to projects involving electronic service
delivery, two other types of schemes will be viewed favourably:
Projects which tackle the root causes of social problems, such as drug abuse and social exclusion, rather than just dealing with the symptoms.
Councils won more than 45% of funding available under ISB last year and the DETR is keen for as many councils as possible to submit bids this year.
At the initial stage of round three, councils will be restricted to submitting one expression of interest as a lead partner and one other expression of interest as a junior partner.
There will be no bar on both projects winning funding. The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is 30 June.