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- 14.11.16 - Details of Sport England's New Funding Programmes Announced
Information about new funding opportunities, including the key dates you need to know
- 11.11.16 - New 2018-2022 Arts Council Budget Announced
Budgets for the 2018-22 investment period, alongside the Applicant Guidance for the National Portfolio have been announced by the Arts Council.
- Government announces new Youth Investment Fund
The Government has announced that a new £40 million Youth Investment Fund will be created in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund.
- 09.09.16 - Heritage Lottery Fund announce upcoming Kick the Dust funding workshops
The Hertiage Lottery Fund will be running a series of information workshops across the UK, providing more detail about Kick the Dust as well as their other funding for projects involving young people.
- 19.07.16 - Changes to Arts Council England’s 2018 investment approach
Arts Council England has announced changes to the way it will approach its investment, from 2018, following a consultation with the arts and culture sector.
- 19.07.16 - Community Business Bright Sparks competition
Power to Change are running a competition for community businesses in Merseyside and Manchester. Business support worth £6,000 is available to develop business ideas.
- 11.07.16 - New landmark with 200 communities now approving Neighbourhood Plans
Neighbourhood Plans break through the 200 mark following strong support.
- 30.06.16 - Cash boost to revive seaside towns and communities
Coastal Communities are being offered a cash boost to help rejuvenate their areas.
- 15.06.16 - Great British Coastal Conference announced
Communities Minister announces conference to help the Great British Coast reach its enormous economic potential.
- 15.06.16 - The Social Enterprise Awards open
Applications are now open for the 2016 Social Enterprise Awards!
- 26.05.2016 - Big Lottery Fund consultation
The Cabinet Office is seeking views on proposed new policy directions for the allocation of Big Lottery Funds in England, Isle of Man and UK-wide funding programmes.
- 20.05.16 - Coastal Communities Fund to re-open
The UK Government have confirmed that Round 4 of the Coastal Communities Fund will open to applications in Summer 2016.
- 20.05.16 - New strategy triples investment to tackle inactivity
Sport England will spend £250 million over four years as part of a new strategy to support grassroots sport.
- 05.04.16 - New £1.5 million funding to bring communities together
The Near Neighbours programme has been awarded an additional £1.5 million of funding.
- 30.03.16 - Government to review roles of Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund
The government has announced that it will carry out reviews of the grant-makers Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
- 24.03.16 - £4m of new funding for English museums and galleries delivered through joint-fund
DCMS and the Wolfson Foundation relaunch capital funding scheme.
- 16.02.16 - Cabinet Office Social Investment Awards
The awards recognise the impact social investment is having on communities across the UK.
- 16.02.16 - UK Community Foundations announces New Beginnings Fund to support refugees
UK Community Foundations (UKCF) announced the creation of a £525,000 New Beginnings Fund to support refugees joining UK communities.
- 10.02.16 - Liverppol City Region Impact Fund
Final deadline for charities and social enterprises looking to take on investment in the Liverpool City Region
- 08.02.16 - Sector bodies voice dismay at Cabinet Office lobbying clause announcement
Charity bodies have strongly criticised the government’s announcement that it will insert a new clause into grant agreements forbidding the use of such funds for lobbying.
- 03.02.16 - New support to improve strength of UK voluntary sector
Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations will have the ability to improve their performance and sustainability, thanks to two new online tools supported by the Big Lottery Fund.
- 12.01.16 - Deadline extended for charity flood appeals match funding
Charities given extra time to apply for funds raised for flood-hit communities to be matched by the government.
- 12.01.16 - Sport England Emergency Flood Relief Fund
Sport England’s Emergency Flood Relief Fund will initially invest up to £400,000 of funding into sports facilities that have been damaged as a result of the floods and storms.
- 10.12.15 - £750,000 for foodbanks as use could reach record levels over Christmas
Leading foodbank charity The Trussell Trust is receiving £748,423 from the Big Lottery Fund as it prepares for what is likely to be record levels of demand over the festive period
- 11.11.15 - Inspired Facilities fund to pause in January 2015
The Inspired Facilities fund will pause after 11 January 2016 while Sport England develop a new strategy to support grassroots sport for 2016-20121.
- 11.11.15 - Round two of the Impact Readiness Fund opens
The Impact Readiness Fund offers grants and support to social ventures to understand and improve their social impact and demonstrate improvements to investors and commissioners.
- 03.11.15 - Arts Council Evovle Scheme opening in January 2016
The Evolve programme is a new £17.5million initiative supporting organisations with a limited track record in fundraising to enable them to attract more private giving.
- 22.10.2015 - A £5 million fund to charitable organisations announced as part of the Counter-Extremism Strategy
The Prime Minister has announced a £5 million fund for charities and community organisations willing to form part of a counter-extremism drive, but the Muslim Council of Britain has expressed concern about the new strategy.
- 19.08.2015 - Big Lottery Fund Announces £600,000 for Inspiring Impact
Big Lottery Fund grant hailed as a ‘vote of confidence’, with new 3-year programme planned to build greater collaboration across the charity sector
- 07.08.2015 - Funding body launches consultation on £60m capacity-building scheme
Access - The Foundation for Social Investment has launched a consultation on its £60m capacity-building programme, which will give out grants aimed at helping charities and social enterprises access social investment.
- £500m for voluntary organisations from Big Lottery Fund and Europe
Big Lottery Fund's matched funding proposal to make £500 million available to voluntary organisations.
- Improved transparency for local government
The Local Government Transparency Code 2014 will place more power into citizens' hands to increase democratic accountability and make it easier for local people to contribute to the local decision making process and help shape public services.
- Office for Civil Society launches consultation on new £40 million fund
Office for Civil Society launches consultation for a new £40 million fund which aims to make voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations more sustainable.
- The Big Lottery Fund launches consultation on new strategy
The Big Lottery Fund has launched a consultation on their new strategy: Your Voice: Our Vision which runs until the end of July 2014. BIG is expected to distribute £4 billion between 2015 and 2021.
- Big Potential fund launched- 14 March 2014
A new £10m fund to improve the sustainability, capacity and scale of voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises has been launched by Big Lottery Fund.
- Fair Chance Fund launched- 5 March 2014
A new £15m fund to support young homeless people has been launched by the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Cabinet Office. It is currently inviting expressions of interest from service providers.
- Local Impact Fund to be piloted in Liverpool- 3 February 2014
The Liverpool City Region Impact Fund will offer business support and finance to local charities and social enterprises, helping them grow and scale up the impact they make in their communities.
- Comprehensive Spending Review - 26 June 2013
Announcements included a new heritage charity, 10% cuts for Defra and more cuts for the Charity Commission.
- Government Appoints First Social Value Ambassador- 13 June 2013
Chris White, the Conservative MP for Warwick and Leamington, has been appointed as the government’s first social value ambassador. The role aims to open up more public sector contracts to voluntary organisations, social enterprises and small businesses.
- Government consultation on sports clubs opens - 7 June 2013
Measures include a proposal to allow community amateur sports clubs to pay players and claim Gift Aid.
- Big Society Capital and Big Lottery Fund pledge £250m for community investment - 6 June 2013
The pledge of £250 million over the next 10 years was announced by David Cameron and includes a £50 million Community Assets Fund due to start making payments next year.
- Cabinet Office funding to be cut again by at least 8 per cent in 2015 - 28 May 2013
The Cabinet Office is one of the first seven Whitehall departments to have agreed further budget cuts of 8 to 10 per cent with the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of next month’s spending review.
- Public to choose sites for a £100,000 green makeover - 24 May 2013
Kew Gardens and the Big Lottery Fund launch new Grow Wild project with calls for the public to nominate flagship UK sites.
- BIG to provide £15m for projects supporting digital skills - 13 May 2013
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has announced a £15 million funding programme that will be developed in partnership with Go On UK to support community projects that build digital skills.
- Social Investment Business to run Futurebuilders Fund for another three years - 29 April 2013
Social Investment Business will continue to manage the Futurebuilders and Modernisation Funds for the Cabinet Office for a further three years after a successful contract bid.
- Justice Data Lab launched to help charities - 2 April 2013
A new initiative to help voluntary sector organisations access data about reoffending has been launched by the Ministry of Justice.
- UK Border Agency to be abolished - 26 March 2013
The Home Secretary Theresa May has given an oral statement on the future of the UK Border Agency, describing the performance of the agency as 'still not good enough.'
- Big Lottery Fund unveils £120 million drive to help vulnerable older people - 25 March 2013
The Big Lottery Fund has today announced two initiatives, worth £120 million: a £50 million Centre for Ageing Better and the opportunity for local authority areas to apply for up to £6 million in funding.
- Budget 2013 - 20 March 2013
So far reaction to the Budget has been relatively positive with a general feeling from the voluntary sector that it could have been a lot worse.
- Locality to run £9.5m Neighbourhood Planning programme - 18 March 2013
Tthe community development body has been awarded a government contract to deliver a two-year programme to help communities develop their neighbourhood plans.
- Cabinet Office to launch £36m Centre for Social Action - 21 February 2013
The Centre for Social Action will provide financial and non-financial help and will include a new Innovation Fund run by Nesta.
- Registration open for public sector contract masterclasses - 22 February 2013
The first in a series of government-funded events set up to help voluntary sector organisations win public sector contracts will take place in London and Manchester at the end of March.
- Charity receives over £400k to train 200 volunteers - 14 February 2013
The Big Lottery Fund has awarded £416,450 to the charity GreenSpace to help it train volunteers who will work to conserve parks in England.
- Support for voluntary sector rehabilitation bids - 29 January 2013
A social enterprise has been awarded £150,000 to help voluntary groups play a leading role in cutting crime and reducing reoffending.
- Contracting plans for probation services - 9 January 2013
Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, today announced an overhaul of the probation service that could mean responsibility for the rehabilitation of 200,000 offenders is transferred to the voluntary and private sectors.
- Cabinet Office to run workshops to help charities win public sector contracts - 18 December 2012
The Cabinet Office has announced that it will run a series of practical workshops to help charities bid for public sector contracts in spring 2013.
- BIG launches programme to influence government policy - 11 December 2012
The Big Lottery Fund and the Institute of Government have formed a partnership aimed at influencing government policy.
- Charities bearing brunt of Local Authority cuts - 5 December 2012
Half of local authorities have made disproportionate cuts to the voluntary sector, according to a new report by Compact Voice.
- New Social Impact Bond Fund announced - 23 November 2012
The government has announced a £20 million Social Outcomes Fund to back social impact bonds and other payment-by-results contracts.
- £165m 'Fulfilling Lives: A Better Start' programme - 14 November 2012
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) programme is expected to invest between £30 and £50 million in three to five local authority areas over the next ten years.
- Government consults on consultation process - 2 November 2012
A Lords committee is inviting views on the government’s proposed changes to how it carries out consultations.
- Government urged to return £377m Olympics underspend to charities - 23 October 2012
The cost of the 2012 Olympic Games is forecast at £377m under its original budget, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced this morning, a sum that would cover almost 90 per cent of the lottery funding borrowed from its good causes fund.
- £60 million social enterprise loan scheme announced - 12 October 2012
The funding is expected to create or safeguard over 8,000 jobs over six years across the country and meet some of the growing demand from small businesses for access to finance and drive investment in often fragmented communities.
- New support service launched - 12 October 2012
The Department for Communities and Local Government have funded a Community Shares Unit to help communities take ownership of their resources.
- BIG Assist Programme open to suppliers - 20 September 2012
Launching in November 2012, the programme aims to strengthen local and specialist infrastructure organisations by offering a targeted support programme; applications for suppliers are now open.
- Interest-free loan scheme for charities is piloted - 24 September 2012
A new £115,000 government-backed pilot scheme offering interest-free loans and business support to charities and social enterprisese has launched in Brighton and Hove.
- Payment-by-results working party meets to set out goals - 17 September 2012
A new working party that will examine the use of the payment-by-results model in the voluntary sector has held its first meeting.
- National Citizen Service contracts announced - 13 September 2012
A consortium that includes Serco, the private sector services firm, has won the largest number of regional contracts to deliver the government’s National Citizen Service in 2013 and 2014.
- Changes to EU procurement rules - 5 September 2012
The UK government has been involved in the main EU negotiations and has published an update on proposals to assist the participation of charities in EU procurement.
- Government reshuffle announcements - 4 September 2012
David Cameron is reshuffling his cabinet and junior ministerial team. As the dust settles, we will keep you updated about possible funding implications. We will also amend the website to reflect any changes.
- Cash boost for communties supporting neighbourhood planning - 29 August 2012
A £10 million fund is now available to help councils ensure their communities are able to finalise people's plans for homes, businesses and facilities in their neighbourhood.
- £28.5 million repaid from Futurebuilders loans - 27 August 2012
More than £28 million repaid by charities to the Futurebuilders England fund is being held in bank accounts while the Cabinet Office decides what to do with the money.
- Government report outlines priorities for supporting charities - 29 August 2012
The government has announced plans to improve the technological capability of the charity sector, and new initiatives to support volunteer infrastructure.
- Social Investment Business survey launched - 15 August 2012
The Social Investment Business has launched a survey of charities’ future financing needs as part of its plan to develop new funds.
- Big Society Capital to launch fund for charities seeking contracts - 20 July 2012
The social investment wholesaler Big Society Capital will launch a £15 million 'results fund' to invest in third sector organisations competing for payment-by-results contracts, according to its chief executive Nick O’Donohoe.
- Two new social enterprise funds may be launched next year - 4 July 2012
The government is considering launching two new funds to support social enterprise in the next year, according to a report published yesterday by the Cabinet Office.
- Extra £40m for Social Action Fund - 28 June 2012
The government is to treble the funding available through the Social Action Fund, adding £40m over three years to the £20m already pledged.
- More than £30 million for communities taking over valued services and assets - 6 July 2012
Community groups wanting to bid to run local services or buy their local shop, library or pub will benefit from more than £30 million of new specialist support, Communities Minister Andrew Stunell has announced.
- Unit to be launched to help communities with 'Right to Bid' - 20 June 2012
A government-backed Community Shares Unit will be launched later this year to support communities that want to raise investment and buy local resources.
- Government appoints 'crown representative' for the voluntary sector - 15 June 2012
Michael O'Toole, former head of the third sector bidding consortium (3SC), takes on new role managing the relationship between government and the sector.
- Social Investment Business announces £21.5m in funding - 8 June 2012
Social Investment Business has this week announced two new rounds of social sector funding - £19 million for health social enterprise and £2.5 million for community organisations.
- Awards for All Runs Pilot in Yorkshire and the Humber - 1 June 2012
From 1 June until 30 November, voluntary and community groups, schools, health organisations and parish and town councils in Yorkshire and the Humber with an annual income of £30,000 or less can apply for funding for repeat or ongoing activities.
- National Citizen Service evaluated - 17 May 2012
The National Citizen’s Service pilot has been hailed a success with an estimated £1 to £2 social return for every £1 invested, according to an independent report published today.
- BIG launches new funding strategy - 9 May 2012
Announcing its priorities in England to 2015, the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) will put hundreds of millions of pounds into long-term projects to tackle complex social problems in England’s neediest areas.
- New Defra scheme announced - 9 May 2012
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has asked Natural England to develop and run a new grant scheme called Paths for Communities (P4C), due to open to applications in May 2012.
- Cabinet Office to offer £500k to local giving match fund - 8 May 2012
Nick Hurd has today announced the Cabinet Office will put up £500,000 in match funding for giving to local charities later this year.
- Have your say on local Compacts - 30 April 2012
The Compact Voice annual survey of local Compacts is now open.
- Big Society Capital launched - 4 April 2012
The Prime Minister has officially launched the £600m social investment wholesaler, Big Society Capital, stating that he hoped it would help charities to grow in scale.
- £33 million to support Localism Act bids - 3 April 2012
The government will award about £33m to voluntary organisations that will offer grants and other support to community groups that want to use new rights in the Localism Act.
- New Big Lottery Fund policy directions - 3 April 2012
The Cabinet Office has today published the final policy directions which will set out the content of the funder’s strategy for the next few years.
- EU Structural Funds consultation - 28 March 2012
Views sought on how the Funds can be best put to use in England to support sustainable jobs, growth and management of the natural environment for 2014-20.
- What does the Budget mean for the sector? - 21 March 2012
A cap on tax relief claimed by people making gifts to charity, a review of retail Gift Aid, £40m for the advice sector and the scrapping of a VAT exemption for alterations to listed buildings were among the major announcements.
- Social Investment Business to run £10 million Investment and Contract Readiness Fund - 5 March 2012
The Investment and Contract Readiness Fund will fund business planning, impact measurement and financial management.
- 50 new areas given £1 million lottery money to spend - 29 February 2012
The funding is part of a £200 million Big Lottery Fund initiative, called Big Local, which will give local people a key role in deciding how to improve their areas and tackle local problems.
- Expansion of National Citizen Service planned - 29 February 2012
After its initial pilot period, the Government wants the programme to eventually "become a rite of passage for all 16-year-olds" and they are now inviting input into the fund's future.
- Changes to European funds will increase voluntary sector access? - 8 February 2012
The UK European Network says planned administration changes would make it easier for charities to access European money from 2014.
- Government awards £10 million for umbrella body Youth United - 2 February 2012
The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) will give £10m to the umbrella body Youth United to fund the recruitment and training of 2,700 new volunteers at groups including Scouts, Girl Guides, Boys’ Brigade and St John Ambulance.
- All departments must include Compact in their plans, says Cameron - 1 February 2012
The Prime Minister’s office has made the Compact one of six key cross-cutting themes that all government departments must report on in their business plans, according to Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society.
- Social Investment Business to launch £10m pilot funds - 27 January 2012
The Social Investment Business will this year launch funds totalling up to £10m to lend to the voluntary and community sector.
- Arts Council England Renaissance programme update - 24 January 2012
As awarded organsiations are announced under the Major Grants fund, news is released about two further funding streams for museums.
- Warm Homes, Healthy People Initiative Rolls Across England - 25 January 2011
One off grants to Local Authorities from the Department of Health’s ‘warm homes healthy people’ fund will help support a number of initiatives designed to tackle fuel poverty throughout England.
- Community First endowment scheme opens to receive donations - 7 January 2012
The government scheme to set up a permanent endowment of up to £150m to fund community projects has opened to receive donations.
- Brussels gives Big Society Capital the green light - 21 December 2011
The European Commission has approved the use of up to £400m from dormant bank accounts to set up Big Society Capital.
- £20m Building Capabilities programme will focus on front-line organisations - 19 December 2011
The Big Lottery Fund has proposed that its new £20m infrastructure programme should adopt a new approach to capacitybuilding that allows front-line charities to decide what support they need.
- Cabinet Office to match fund three Christmas charity appeals - 12 December 2011
Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, has pledged almost £1m of government funding to support three 'innovative' Christmas charity appeals.
- Advice Services Fund to launch end of November - 21 November 2011
The Cabinet Office has announced that a £16.3 million fund for free advice services in England will be delivered by the BIG Fund, the non-lottery arm of the Big Lottery Fund.
- Big Lottery Fund launches Next Steps to encourage social investment - 16 November 2011
BIG states that Next Steps aims to explore the potential role of social investment in addressing problems experienced by communities and those most in need.
- How effective are the Big Society goals? - 18 November 2011
The first audit has been launched and is expected to be published early in 2012.
- Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund - 3 November 2011
£30 Million is now available to fund community projects in some of the most deprived areas of the country.
- Four third sector organisations awarded funding to advise OCS - 2 November 2011
The Office for Civil Society (OCS) has awarded £297,000 to four representative organisations for policy advice over the current financial year.
- Plans for €90m social enterprise fund - 27 October 2011
A €90m (£77m) fund to support the development of social enterprise has been proposed by the European Commission.
- £3m programme to build sector capacity in youth mental health - 26 October 2011
The Department for Education's two-year programme hopes to boost the voluntary sector's ability to provide mental health support for children.
- BIG to provide £50m extra funding - 27 October 2011
£17m of the funding will provide support to an additional 650 charitable and community projects, while the remaining £33m will help existing projects within BIG’s portfolio.
- EU bank to launch €50m social investment fund in 2012 - 24 October 2011
The European Investment Bank, the bank of the EU, is intending to launch a €50m (£43m) social investment fund early next year.
- Communitybuilders relaunched and open to applications - 17 October 2011
The £27m regeneration loan fund Communitybuilders has reopened to charities and will make up to six "flagship" investments in community regeneration projects.
- £100 million heritage and arts 'Catalyst' programme announced - 6 October 2011
DCMS, Arts Council England (ACE) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have announced further details of the £100 million Catalyst scheme to boost private giving to culture.
- £10 million Lottery Fund awards to be decided by the public - 4 October 2011
Channel 4 and the Big Lottery Fund today launch a new TV project where the British public will be asked how to spend £10 million of Lottery money.
- Locality announces four-year plan for £15m government community scheme - 22 September 2011
More organisations have been selected to host the £15m government programme, which will recruit and train 5,000 community organisers over the next four years.
- Providers announced for £37m National Citizen Service expansion - 19 September 2011
The Office for Civil Society has announced the 19 providers chosen to run the 2012 National Citizen Service programme, which will aim to reach three times as many young people as this year’s pilots.
- Guide for learning from grant refusals released - 8 September 2011
'The Art of Refusal' covers a variety of subjects including how to try to avoid a grant refusal and how to deal with and learn from one.
- Consultation on proposed new Big Lottery Fund policy directions - 30 August 2011
The Government has today opened a 12-week consultation on proposed new policy directions for the Big Lottery Fund.
- Office for Civil Society pilot £40m social impact bond scheme to support 'problem families' - 26 August 2011
Nick Hurd has announced four local authorities to run pilots, offering contracts to charities and social enterprises to tackle 'the pointless cycle of crime and deprivation'.
- First £30m transferred from dormant bank accounts to Big Lottery Fund - 3 August 2011
The Big Lottery Fund has received the first £30m from dormant bank accounts to invest in social finance intermediaries.
- Big Society Bank launches as Big Society Capital - 1 August 2011
The Big Society Bank has been renamed Big Society Capital and has unveiled its first chair and chief executive.
- New £10m Investment and Contract Readiness Fund announced - 25 July 2011
The Cabinet Office has launched a new £10m fund designed to help voluntary sector organisations prepare for new types of social finance and play a bigger role in public service delivery.
- New Home Office funds announced - 25 July 2011
Two new funds totalling £14 million are being made available to the voluntary sector to empower communities to take action against crime and antisocial behaviour.
- £20m boost to Transforming Local Infrastructure Programme - 22 July 2011
The Big Lottery Fund has committed £20m to the Cabinet Office's new fund for infrastructure development among charities delivering services.
- New Coastal Communities Fund announced - 22 July 2011
The Coastal Communities Fund, to be delivered by the Big Lottery Fund’s Big Fund, will disperse 50 per cent revenues raised by the Crown Estate’s marine activities.
- Cabinet Office opens £30 million fund for charity support services - 15 July 2011
A new £30million Big Society fund to help modernise organisations that supply critical support to front-line charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises has opened for applications today.
- BIG chooses Community Development Foundation to set up its £200m Big Local Trust - 7 July 2011
A Community Development Foundation led consortium has been chosen by the Big Lottery Fund to set up and run a new £200m endowed Trust, which will help local communities provide loans, grants and social investment.
- £55 million fund announced to help cultural organisations build endowments - 5 July 2011
Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt has announced details of Catalyst Endowments, a £55 million scheme to help arts and heritage organisations secure their long-term financial stability by building endowment funds.
- Survey finds sharp rise in number of charities providing public services - 5 July 2011
National Survey of Charities and Social Enterprises shows 31% of charities listed public service delivery as one of their roles in 2010, compared with 20% in 2008.
- Applications invited for government job shadowing scheme - 29 June 2011
Charity staff are being invited to trade places with civil servants for the day as part of a work shadowing scheme rolling out this September.
- Community Development Foundation to deliver the £80m Community First programme - 22 June 2011
Following a competitive bid process the Community Development Foundation (CDF) has been chosen by the Government to deliver the small grants programme.
- BIG to start give £5m to social investment projects in July on behalf of Big Society Bank - 21 June 2011
The Big Society Investment Fund will support around 5 social investment projects with £5m of dormant account funds while the Big Society Bank awaits approval from the European Commission. It will make the first investment as early as July this year.
- Office for Civil Society gives former strategic partners new advisory roles - 9 June 2011
Organisations including Voice4Change England and Community Matters, have been given contracts to continue advising the department on the impact of big society policies.
- Priorities for strategic partners announced - 3 June 2011
The Office for Civil Society has laid out a detailed set of objectives for the charities receiving money under its £8.2m strategic partnership programme.
- £6 million DH Volunteering Fund National Awards announced - 2 June 2011
The Department of Health Volunteering Fund National Awards were announced today, the first day of Volunteering Week. Through this scheme, the Department has committed to delivering £6m to support volunteering projects in health and social care.
- Cabinet Office revises volunteering match fund figure - 27 May 2011
The proposal for £80m of funding for volunteering infrastructure and a volunteering match fund over four years, announced at Christmas in the Giving Green Paper, has been changed to £40m over two years, with the rest under review.
- New BIG fund open 'Improving Financial Confidence' - 24 May 2011
Improving Financial Confidence is aimed at helping people become more confident in and more aware of how to take control of their finances. The BIG scheme is open to partnerships led by voluntary organisations, within 69 target areas in England.
- Two new funds announced in Giving White Paper - 23 May 2011
The government has announced a £10m Social Action Fund and a £30m local infrastructure fund as part of its Giving White Paper, launched today by the Prime Minister.
- Big Lottery Fund seeks partner for £25m youth crime reduction project - 13 May 2011
The Big Lottery Fund is looking for a partner, with 'practical experience', to help it deliver its new £25m 'Realising Ambition' programme aimed at reducing youth crime.
- BIG announce Millenium Now funding programme - 10 May 2011
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has announced an £11 million funding programme to invest in five UK projects that the public will help to choose.
- CLG puts £100,000 behind each of the four big society 'vanguard' areas - 28 April 2011
The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) has set aside up to £400,000 for the four areas the government designated as big society ‘vanguards’ last year.
- Office for Civil Society invites bids to run Community First - 28 April 2011
The Office for Civil Society has invited six'preferred providers' to bid to run its £80m Community First fund for groups in deprived areas.
- BIG Lottery Reaching Communities message - 21 April 2011
BIG has warned potential applicants about the high level of competition for Reaching Communities grants in a 'Key Message'.
- Art Fund increases funding to museums and galleries by 50% - 15 April
The Art Fund has announced plans to increase its funding for museums and galleries all over the UK to buy and show art by over 50% by 2014 – rising by 10% each year until then
- European Social Fund (ESF) call for evidence announced - 15 April 2011
ESF has made a call for evidence as the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is looking to commission employment focused provision for families with multiple problems, supported through its European Social Fund Co-financing arrangements.
- Consultation on 'Best Value' guidance for councils - 13 April 2011
Authorities that disproportionately reduce voluntary sector funding could have their responsibility for such funding removed or be forced to change their policies.
- £42.5m Volunteer Infrastructure Programme delayed - 11 April 2011
The government has delayed giving more details of a £42.5m volunteering infrastructure fund that it announced in its Giving Green Paper in December.
- European Year of Volunteering first awards announced - 11 April 2011
The umbrella body Volunteering England will receive a £78,000 grant from the fund and will be responsible for overseeing UK-based activities carried out as part of the European Year of Volunteering project, set up by the European Commission.
- Arts Council England announces funding decisions and new National portfolio of arts organisations - 1 April 2011
Arts Council England has announced a new National portfolio of funded organisations, with decisions made within the twin context of its strategic framework 'Achieving great art for everyone' and a challenging economic backdrop.
- Communitybuilders endowed fund to be worth £27 million - 1 April 2011
The Communitybuilders loan fund has become a £27m permanently endowed fund controlled by the Adventure Capital Fund, with repayments to be recycled into community investment.
- Office for Civil Society gives £1.25m in core funding to v - 29 March 2011
The volunteering charity v will receive £1.25m in core funding from the Office for Civil Society in 2011/12, and seek other income from donations and contracts.
- Big Lottery Fund changes priorities for England grants - 24 March 2011
Dharmendra Kanani, BLF England director, says the priority in future for new grants programmes in England will be providing support for communities.
- Budget Update - 23 March 2011
A number of major new initiatives affecting charities were announced which Osborne described as “the most radical reforms to charitable giving for more than 20 years".
- Landfill Communities Fund increased to £17.1 million - 23 March 2011
The Budget 2011 announced that ‘the value of the fund will rise in line with inflation in 2011-12 to £78.1 million'.
- Transition Fund to increase by £7m - 22 March 2011
The government’s Transition Fund, set up to help charities that are suffering because of cuts in public funding, will be increased by £7m and 183 charities will share £15m from the fund.
- Umbrella Bodies to receive majority of remaining Strategic Partners Funding - 22 March 2011
Sector umbrella bodies the Institute of Fundraising, Acevo, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Navca are among the 17 charities that will continue to receive funds from the Office for Civil Society’s strategic partnership programme.
- Communitybuilders set to become permanently endowed fund - 21 March 2011
Communitybuilders, which supports community organisations, will become a permanently endowed fund worth at least £10m, according to the Social Investment Business.
- Consultation on £50m fund to help 'most vulnerable' deal with climate change - 17 March 2011
The Big Lottery Fund has pledged up to £50m to help the vulnerable people in England tackle the potential impacts of climate change by 2015.
- New £20m Big Lottery Fund open for projects for vulnerable children - 8 March 2011
Improving Futures will fund charity-led partnerships supporting families with vulnerable children.
- 'Team London' volunteering scheme launched - 4 March 2011
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced a new £4m grant fund to encourage volunteering in the capital.
- Women and ethnic minority groups able to apply for European funding - 4 March 2011
The Fund, which was set up to improve standards of living and employment opportunities in Europe, will now list ethnic minority and women’s groups among their priority groups to fund.
- Admin costs of lottery funders compared in study - 22 February 2011
The government has published the results of research it carried out to compare the operating costs of lottery distributors with those of other government funders and charitable foundations.
- Endowment fund proposed for Communitybuilders - 25 February 2011
The Social Investment Business, the manager of the government’s £70m Communitybuilders programme, has proposed putting its funds into an endowment so that recipients do not have to spend loans or grants in the current financial year.
- £27m confirmed for debt advice services - 15 February 2011
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has confirmed funding to extend the Citizens Advice Financial Inclusion Fund for another year.
- First Transition Fund awards announced plus rumours of future funding - 16 February 2011
The government has awarded a total of £1.7m from its £100m Transition Fund to 18 charities.
- Have your say on heritage funding - 10 February 2011
The Heritage Lottery Fund has launched a consultation on how it should spend its money between 2013 to 2019 after it was given an increase in funding of £50m a year.
- £200m from national banks confirmed for Big Society Bank - 9 February 2011
The £200m fund is in addition to between £300m and £400m of funding expected to be received from dormant accounts.
- The Compact's Accountability and Transparency - 9 February 2011
The renewed Compact was published in December 2010. If you believe that the Compact has not been upheld, as part of it's accountability and transparency, you can register any complaints or queries directly with the relevant government department.
- Local Authorities to release details of grants, payments and tenders - 7 February 2011
A new code of practice will expect them to release details of all grants and payments they make to charities, community groups and social enterprises.
- Right to buy and right to challenge consultations launched - 7 February 2011
Register your opinion about two key proposals in the Localism Bill.
- OCS Strategic Partners programme to end by 2014 - 1 February 2011
The programme, which awarded £12.2m to 42 voluntary organisations this financial year, will be reduced in value to £4m in 2011/12 and then tapered down to £3m, £2m and zero over the following years.
- New Ministry of Justice funding for reducing reoffending - 27 January 2011
A new MoJ funding programme has recently been announced, which will support organisation working to reduce reoffending in England and Wales.
- Former Labour ministers appeal to government to allow spending over a longer period - 25 January 2011
Labour MPs Hazel Blears and David Blunkett have written to the government asking for an extension to the deadline for spending money remaining in the £70m Communitybuilders fund.
- Voluntary Sector Cuts Website launched - 24 January 2011
Designed to map the effects of cuts to statutory funding, charities are invited to share their funding experiences with the public.
- Cabinet Office offers grants and contracts for European Year of Volunteering - 11 January 2011
The Office for Civil Society has opened a programme of grants and partnership contracts, totalling almost half a million pounds, for civil society organisations to support the government's Big Society vision as part of the European Year of Volunteering.
- Funds for volunteering announced in green paper on giving - 4 January 2011
The government has unveiled two new volunteering initiatives and suggests a total of £80m will be allocated to the Community First programme, announced by ministers in June.
- Prime contractors for Work Programme will have to subcontract to voluntary organisations - 23 December 2010
Organisations winning major contracts under the government’s new Work Programme will have to use smaller voluntary sector providers and face losing their contracts if they do not treat them reasonably, the Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed.
- Civil Society Minister Publishes Modernising Commissioning Green Paper - 15 December 2010
Hurd seeking views on creating fair environment for organisations competing for public service contracts.
- Localism Bill allows community groups to challenge councils over public service delivery - 15 December 2010
Voluntary groups and social enterprises will be given the right to challenge councils to let them deliver public services under plans in the Localism Bill, which will be introduced in Parliament today.
- Culture Secretary announces action plan to boost philanthropy - 10 December 2010
£80 million fund at heart of new Government drive to help boost private giving to arts organisations and to aim to create a new generation of philanthropists.
- Office for Civil Society publishes green paper on commissioning - 8 December 2010
But voluntary organisations only have until 5 January to give their responses to the paper that seeks views on public service contract bidding plans.
- Your Local Budget pilot scheme - 8 December 2010
An initiative by the Big Society Network involves local councils giving control of some council spending to charities, community groups and local residents. The nine areas taking part have now been announced.
- Department for Education advertise expression of interest for Tendering - 6 December
The Department for Education is inviting expressions of interest for grant funding from voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises and other organisations bidding on a 'not-for-profit' basis to support the delivery of national priorities.
- Heritage Lottery Fund has extra cash for next year - 1 December 2010
Heritage Lottery Fund has extra £45m to allocate for 2010/11.
- Transition Fund announced - 30 November 2010
The £100m Transition Fund, announced in the spending review, will seek to help small and medium-sized charities in England most vulnerable to short-term reductions in public spending.
- Jubilee People's Millions launched - 26 November 2010
The Big Lottery Fund in partnership with ITV, and with the approval of Buckingham Palace, is marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a special roll-out of 60 Lottery grants.
- Department for Work and Pensions unveils new funding to keep people active at 60 - 25 November 2010
Community groups in 30 areas across the country will soon be able to bid for money to help older people keep active and make the most of their later lives.
- New funding streams announced under the Sport England 'Places People Play' initiative - 24 November 2010
The Olympic and Paralympic stakeholders today came together to announce plans for the mass participation legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- Remember - voice your views in the OCS consultation: Supporting a Stronger Civil Society
Supporting a Stronger Civil Society is an Office for Civil Society consultation on improving support for frontline civil society organisations.
- Your Square Mile neighbourhood pilots planned - 23 November 2010
Your Square Mile groups are intended to help people make stronger connections with their neighbourhood. Fifteen pilot versions of the flagship project of the Big Society Network - are expected to run between January and June next year.
- Government open letter promises cuts to sector will be fair - 16 November 2010
Francis Maude and Nick Hurd have written an open letter stating that they are determined to ensure that public spending cuts are “fair and not disproportionate in their impact on the sector”.
- New Communitybuilders Restrictions - 17 November 2010
About 300 voluntary organisations have been informed that their bids to the £70m Communitybuilders programme will not be considered unless they can spend any funds they receive by the end of March.
- Open Application Process Launched For Arts Council Funding - 10 November 2010
Organisations seeking funding from Arts Council England (ACE) from 2012 will have to apply to the new National Portfolio open funding programme.
- BIG chosen to deliver £100m Transition Fund - 8 November 2010
The BIG Fund will distribute the grants from the new £100m Transition Fund that aims to help small and medium-sized charities in England in adjusting to the new public spending cuts.
- New Regional Growth Fund announced - 3 November 2010
The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is a £1.4bn 3 year Fund, provided by DBIS, that will operate across England to stimulate private sector led sustainable economic growth and employment.
- New Global Poverty Action Fund opened by DFID - 28 October 2010
The Department for International Development (DFID) has opened a new fund, the Global Poverty Action Fund, in support of delivering poverty reduction in developing countries.
- Big Lottery Fund launches £75m grants scheme for buildings - 27 October 2010
Grants of between £100,000 and £500,000 will be available from early December as part of a new stream of funding under BLF's Reaching Communities programme
- Comprehensive Spending Review: Government Funding at a glance - 21 October 2010
The Comprehensive Spending Review on 20 October has revealed some important statements on funding and policy proposals from the Office for Civil Society
- Comprehensive Spending Review announced - 20 October 2010
The Coalition Government has today announced the Comprehensive Spending Review, which will inform government spending over the next four years.
- Roberta Blackman-Woods appointed as shadow civil society minister - 20 October 2020
Roberta Blackman-Woods, Labour MP for the City of Durham, has been appointed the shadow minister for civil society.
- Work and Pensions Committee carry out inquiry into the Work Programme - 19 October 2010.
The Work and Pensions Committee has decided to hold an inquiry into the contracting arrangements for the Work Programme, which will replace all previous welfare-to-work programmes from Summer 2010.
- Massive reforms to quangos announced - 14 October 2010
The Government has announced a radical overhaul of 901 government agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs), commonly referred to as quangos.
- New International Communities Fund open to applications - 29 September 2010
The Big Lottery Fund has launched a new £25m fund for UK-based charities tackling poverty overseas.
- Non-departmental public bodies under review - 27 September 2010
A document leaked by the Cabinet Office last week revealed a list of 177 non-departmental public bodies that are currently under review by the coalition government.
- Big Lottery Fund continue funding for NCVO sustainable funding project - 23 September 2010
The Big Lottery Fund has awarded £843,000 to the NCVO to run its Sustainable Funding Project for another three years.
- New Draft Compact Published - 20 September 2010
A draft of the new version of the Compact is now available.
- Funding of £1.5m to Increase Skills in Social Care - 8 September 2010
The Children's Workforce Development Council have recently announced that the Increasing Skills in Social Care Fund will re-open soon.
- Global Community Links Workshops - 8 September 2010
Workshops are taking place in October for anyone interested in Global Community Links and Action Grants.
- West Yorkshire Grants Open to Applications - 8 September 2010
Voluntary and community organisations in West Yorkshire may now apply for grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to fund a wide range of activities that will benefit their community.
- Faiths in Action - Supporting Local Inter Faith Projects - 2 September 2010
The Faiths in Action grant programme is still open for applications and encouraging organisations to apply for grants to produce work during interfaith week.
- NEW Funding Bulletins - 1 September 2010
A new monthly bulletin will now be sent to our subscribers. Bulletins will list important updates to funding schemes as well as; news affecting funding from government; DSC services and events.
- Office for Civil Society to cut number of strategic partners from 42 to 15 for 2011/12 - 9 August 2010
The Office for Civil Society will cut its budget for its strategic partners from £12.2m to £7.5m and the number of the partners from 42 to 15 from March 2011, according to letter from Civil Society minister Nick Hurd
- New regular updates from the Governmentfunding Team - 4 August 2010
In addition to alerts on opening schemes, we will now be alerting our subcribers to any significant changes to all of the funding opportunities listed on the site, including both open and closed schemes.
- Government plans £40m fund to support charities working against poverty - 2 August 2010
The Department for International Development has announced a consultation into a £40m fund that will offer support to third sector organisations that work with the world’s poorest people.
- Office for Civil Society cuts £11m from Capacitybuilders, v and the Commission for the Compact - 2 August 2010
The Office for Civil Society will cut £11m from its 2010/11 budget by reducing its funding for Capacitybuilders, the Commission for the Compact and the youth volunteering charity v.
- Big Lottery Fund announces 50 areas that can apply for new Big Local money - 28 July 2010
The Big Lottery Fund has announced the 50 areas where community groups will be able to apply for funding from its new £200m funding stream, Big Local.
- Simplifications for EU funding expected - 28 July 2010
Reform of EU funding rules expected at the end of 2010. Amongst other changes Gifts in kind and volunteering are expected to count towards match-funding.
- Communitybuilders resumes distribution of funds - 22 July 2010
Social Investment Business says payments from the £70m fund, put on hold by coalition government, have started again.
- Government Department Draft Structural Reform Plans - 22 July 2010
Central government departments have begun publishing draft structural reform plans, these should play a key part in making departments accountable for the implementation of the reforms set out in the coalition agreement.
- Croydon council reduces Stronger Communities funding and plans transition fund for hard-hit charities - 19 July 2010
Croydon Council has set out plans to create a £350,000 transition fund for voluntary sector organisations, intended to help them deal with a 66 per cent reduction in Stronger Communities grants
- Big Lottery Fund cuts confirmed - 16 July 2010
The voluntary and community sector’s share of lottery ‘good cause’ money will be reduced from 50 per cent to 40 per cent in September, the government has confirmed.
- Communitybuilders and Social Enterprise Investment Fund are put on hold during government review - 14 July 2010
Communitybuilders and the Social Enterprise Investment Fund, the grant and loan funds for developing social enterprise, will not pay out any more money until further notice while a government review is carried out.
- Big Lottery Fund to launch £200m fund for community groups - 8 July 2010
The Big Lottery Fund will this month announce the first 50 communities to benefit from a £200m fund which will give residents power over funding projects.
- Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude to chair government committee on the big society - 5 July 2010
A new big society committee of ministers from all departments with remits affecting the voluntary sector will meet for the first time later this month.
- Your chance to speak out about funding cuts - 1 July 2010
Compact Voice are giving organisations the opportunity to raise any concerns they have about a non-Compact compliant cuts to local funding.
- Charities must have their say on Total Place, says Navca - 29 June 2010
Local infractrusture group, NAVCA, believes the scheme presents opportunities for the voluntary sector to shape local services.
- Public sector funding cuts so far - 29 June 2010
A list comprised of organisations that have contacted the NCVO about their cuts and of those identified by the umbrella body as suffering cuts amounts to nearly £3m, with charities predominantly suffering from cuts from the Arts Council.
- Emergency Budget reveals changes in VAT - 23 June 2010
The emergency budget, announced yesterday, revealed a number of changes regarding VAT and charities.
- The Budget and the Voluntary Sector - 23 June 2010
The Budget will place a huge burden on charities and voluntary organisations, voluntary sector umbrella bodies have warned.
- New Communities First fund takes over from Grassroots Grants - 22 June 2010
The Communities First fund, which will provide start-up funding for community groups, will replace the £130m Grassroots Grants scheme when it runs out in April next year.
- Cabinet Office releases plans for select committee on sector and Big Society Bank - 17 June
Plans for a new parliamentary select committee covering the voluntary sector, a timetable for the establishment of a Big Society Bank and a fund for the creation of new community groups have been unveiled by the Cabinet Office.
- Cross-departmental taskforce will seek to cut red tape for charities - 11 June 2010
Nick Hurd, the civil society minister, has told Parliament that his department would work with the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills to find ways of reducing regulatory requirements.
- New Community Fund promised - 10 June 2010
The Minister for the Cabinet Office says 'Communities First' fund will help start more groups in deprived areas
- Capacitybuilders and v Under Review - 9 June 2010
Nick Hurd, minister for civil society has officially announced that Capacitybuilders and v, a strategic partner of the former Office of the Third Sector, are under review.
- Changes to the Department for International Development - 9 June 2010
The new international development secretary, Andrew Mitchell, has announced “a fundamental change in direction” in aid spending by the Department.
- End of Futurebuilders Confirmed - 9 June 2010
Nick Hurd, minister for civil society, has confirmed that future revenue from the £200m Futurebuilders programme will be used to provide grants to stimulate the creation and development of neighbourhood groups.
- Department of Health Learning Event: Volunteering and the Big Society - 3 June 2010
The Department of Health will be holding a free Learning Event to look at how volunteering might fit in light of the Government's vision for a Big Society.
- Funding cuts so far - 26 May 2010
Funds are beginning to be affected by budget cuts to governemnt departments.
- Future Jobs Fund will not re-open - 24 May 2010
As a result of the Government’s May 24 2010 announcement on Cross-Government Efficiency Savings, Ministers have decided that no further bids to the Future Jobs Fund will be approved for funding.
- The Queen's Speech: Charities to have greater service delivery role? - 25 May 2010
Announcing the Conservative-Liberal government's first legislative programme, the Queen said the "role of social enterprises, charities and cooperatives in our public services will be enhanced".
- Changes planned for Lottery Funding - 20 May 2010
According to plans outlined by the new Culture secretary, sport, the arts and heritage will get more National Lottery funding, but less will go to the Big Lottery Fund.
- David Cameron states Compact will be refreshed - 20 May 2010
The Prime Minister has pledged to "refresh and renew" the Compact, but did not give any indication that the government would give the Commission for the Compact statutory powers.
- A new era of people power? The Big Society -18 May 2010
Details of the new government's 'Big Society' ambition announced.
- Changes to departments and websites - 17 May 2010
Following the change in government from the recent election, some government departments have changed and many departmental website have been altered and updated to reflect the change in government.
- Nick Hurd announced as minister for 'Office for Civil Society' -17 May 2010
Conservative Nick Hurd is to be appointed as the new charities minister for the Office for Civil Society (formerly the Office of the Third Sector, OTS).
- New Department for Education announced - 12 May 2010
The department will take over the responsibilities of the former Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).
- Conservative – Liberal Democrat Coalition Deal Document - 12 May 2010
The two parties have released an initial document which sets out ‘the issues that needed to be resolved…to work together as a strong and stable government.’ It will be followed in due course by a full coalition agreement, covering the full range of policy
- New Cabinet announced for coalition government - 12 May 2010
Details of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government are beginning to emerge, here is a list of the key cabinet posts confirmed so far.
- Election results and the voluntary sector - 7 May 2010
Opinion is divided as to whether a hung parliament will prove to be an opportunity or a damaging period of uncertainty for the voluntary sector.
- European Network of National Associations wins EU Funding to provide online mentoring progammes to the Voluntary Sector - 5 May 2010
Participation for Change programme opens, the first major project of a new international network of voluntary sector umbrella bodies.
- General Election 2010: Policy Round Up - 4 May 2010
The voluntary sector has featured more prominently in the 2010 general election than ever before, here are some final views.
- Getting to grips with the election manifestos - 23 April 2010
Helpful resources to work out what the commitments from each of the main parties mean for the voluntary sector.
- Compact Voice collates the views of election candidates - 15 April 2010
Responses of potential MPs to questions about the Compact have been included on public website, Compact Voices.
- DSC's New Government Funding Guide - 9 April 2010
Part of DSC's specialist guide series and researched by the same team who produce this website, the Government Funding Guide provides an unique overview of funding from local, regional and national government as well as European sources.
- 6 May election date confirmed - 6 April 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has confirmed that the UK general election will be held on 6 May.
- Tories promise to review Capacitybuilders programme if elected on 6 May - 6 April 2010
The leading Conservative party believes Capacitybuilders is doing better after a poor start, and will be reviewed along with other infrastructure organisations if they win the forthcoming election.
- Independent evaluation of Futurebuilders published - 1 April 2010
The final report of the independent evaluation of the Futurebuilders programme has been published by Sheffield Hallam University.
- We need your ratings feedback! - 30 March 2010
For over a year now we have been giving all government funders a star rating. These are based on our research, we would like you to contribute to these with your experiences, good and bad.
- Further breakdown of Budget 2010 for the Voluntary Sector - 29 March 2010
The chancellor's 2010 Budget has received a cautiously positive response from many sector representatives.
- NCVO Party Conference Bursary scheme open - 29 March 2010
The scheme will allow 7 smaller organisations to attend each party conference.
- Department of Health expands third sector strategic partners scheme - 24 March 2010
The Department of Health has increased its strategic partners programme to include five additional partnerships, who will get a share of £950,000 in 2010/11.
- How the Budget looks to affect the voluntary sector - 24 March 2010
Progress on tax reliefs and social investment wholesale bank, but no movement on Gift Aid or substantial donor legislation.
- Funding should focus on community groups, according to Community Sector Coalition - 23 March 2010
A new report claims many are left out of decision-making, and third sector funding should be focused more on helping local community groups to grow from the bottom up rather than on implementing top-down formulas
- All three parties agree smaller contracts could work better for the voluntary sector - 22 March 2010
Representatives of all three main political parties have told third sector leaders they would think again about the use of very large public service contracts, such as those offered by the Department for Work and Pensions.
- Government and third sector publish report on securing wider action on climate change - 19 March 2010
A vision of how Government and third sector organisations will work together over the next five years to tackle key environmental issues such as climate change and sustainable development has been set out in a new report called ‘Shaping our future’.
- Next government 'should offer charities better support' - 18 March 2010
The next government should provide charities with sustainable investment, improved public sector commissioning and a more effective support structure, according to a joint manifesto launched by a group of third sector organisations.
- Government funding reporting demands are excessive, says New Philanthropy Capital - 16 March 2010
Half of charities that receive government grants or contracts believe the reporting requirements attached to the funding are out of proportion to the value of the funds, according to new research by think tank New Philanthropy Capital.
- Department of Energy and Climate Change will appoint third sector champion - 11 March 2010
A DEFRA report sets out how the Government and the sector will work together over the next five years to tackle key environmental issues and encourage sustainable development.
- Government Budget date announced as 24 March - 11 March 2010
The Chancellor of the Exchequer confirmed in a Written Ministerial Statement on 10 March that Budget 2010 will take place on Wednesday 24 March at 12:30pm.
- Over £38 million in government grants provide much needed help in communities - 10 March 2009
Over £38 million in grants have been given out in almost 15,500 grant awards to charities and voluntary organisations through government’s Grassroots Grants scheme, statistics reveal.
- Government increases funding for three schemes and falls for Capacitybuilders - March 5 2010
Angela Smith, Minister for the Third Sector, announced and increase in funding for three more schemes, but cuts to Capacitybuilders
- New survey shows majority of harities expect income drop from government - 5 March 2010
Almost two-thirds of charities expect their income from government to fall over the next 12 months, a survey by accountancy firm Baker Tilly has indicated.
- £2 million Flexibility and Innovation Fund, summer funding round postponed - 04 March 2010
Flexibility and Innovation Fund summer funding round postponed due to disbanding of the Learning Skills Council (LSC) on 1 April.
- £26m worth of unspent grants paid back to the Big Lottery Fund - 2 March 2010
Third sector organisations have returned more than £26m in unspent grants to the Big Lottery Fund over the past six years.
- Anger over short application windows for DH and Social Investment Business funding programme - 2 March 2010
The Social Enterprise Investment Fund had two strands with deadlines that gave charities less than a month to apply.
- Applications to Social Investment Business total £500m in the past year - 1 March 2010
The grant and loan fund administrator reports high demand from charities.
- Voluntary sector groups urged to focus their campaigns on local councils - 23 February 2010
The Labour MP, John Denham, appeals to charities and campaigning organisations to make councils the new focus for local lobbying.
- Charities recruiting migrants as volunteers might gain access to the European Integration Fund - 19 February 2010
EIF is mentioned in context of new law allowing fast-track citizenship for immigrants who volunteer.
- Campaigning Research Programme cancelled because of fears of direct campaigning? - 17 February 2010
According to the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Community and Voluntary Sector, the grant programme was scrapped after officials objected to plans by grant recipients to use the money for direct campaigning,
- Communitybuilders Fund - new programme announced - 16 February 2010
The Communitybuilders Fund is supporting The Housing Associations' Charitable Trust (hact) “Together for Communities” programme until March 2011.
- Further reductions to the total value of Futurebuilders revealed - 16 February 2010
Last week the OTS confirmed that fees paid to the two organisations that have administered the fund had cut the amount available from £215m to £154.7m.
- £100 million a year to be invested by BIG - 12 February 2010
Public consultation on future of BIG programmes brings increased funding and streamlined application process.
- Collaboration and skills are key to charities winning council contracts, says John Denham - 12 February 2010
Councils need collaboration and technical skills from voluntary sector, says Communites and Local Government Secretary.
- £3.5 m Futurebuilders fund money used for other funds? - 9 February 2010
Tory spokesman Nick Hurd raises concerns after value of loan fund is £31.3m less than expected.
- Could Government cutbacks lead to north-south divide? - 5 February 2010
Charities outside the south east likely to be hit hardest by cuts, says director of Clore Social Leadership Programme.
- All Futurebuilders Funding Programmes now closed - 28 January 2010
The Social Investment Business is closing the Futurebuilders Fund to new applicants after awarding all of its funds.
- European and Local Authority Updates - January 2010
Keep checking the European and Local Authority sections of the site for updates in your area.
- Targeted Support Fund commissioning programme launched - 21 January 2010
As part of the £15.5m Targeted Support Fund programme funded by Office of the Third Sector and Department of Health, £500k was allocated to improve commissioning with third sector organisations in areas identified as at most risk of increased deprivation.
- Grassroots Grants evaluation - 20 January 2009
Community Development Foundation are evaluating the £120 million Grassroots Grants Programme on behalf of the Office of the Third Sector.
- Arts Council England consultation announced - 19 January 2010
Results from the consultation, 'Achieving great art for everyone - a consultation on future priorities for the arts', will inform a ten-year strategic framework and the Arts Council's future investment decisions.
- Campaigning Research Programme debate over compensation claims continues - 19 January 2010
The Office of the Third Sector has denied claims made by NCVO that it has rejected compensation applications from charities that should have received grants under the abandoned Campaigning Research Programme.
- Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund - 5 January 2010
Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund announces further details and pre-application workshops
- New Compact launched - 16 December 2009
The refreshed Compact has been launched by the Compact partnership consisting of the Office of the Third Sector, Compact Voice and the Commission for the Compact.
- New DH 'Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund' - 14 December 2009
Replacing the Opportunities for Volunteering scheme, the new Department of Health scheme will continue to support local volunteering projects in health and social care and national projects to improve health and wellbeing.
- Big Lottery Fund announces new youth-focused funding round - 10 December 2009
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has announced that it will spend at least £30m next year on projects that support young people, offering 5 year grants for projects that support young carers, people leaving care and young offenders.
- Further plans outlined for the Social Investment Wholesale Bank - 9 December 2009
The Government has commited to setting up a new Reclaim Fund to hold assets from dormant bank accounts.
- Commission for the Compact urges LAs to give at least three months' notice of any funding changes - 7 December 2009
The Commission for the Compact has published new guidance for councils on managing budget revisions.
- Drop in funding for OTS strategic partners - 3 December 2009
The Office of the Third Sector awarded its 42 strategic partners almost £1m less in grants in 2008/09 than in the previous year.
- Over £33 million in grants given to over 13,000 charities in Grassroots Grants' first year - 3 December 2009
Grassroots Grants, launched in September 2008, is designed to provide easier access to grants for small community and voluntary organisations.
- Capacitybuilders award a further 88 grants through the Modernisation Fund - 27 November 2009
Over 80 third sector organisations have been given grants to build resilience with latest Modernisation Fund grant awards.
- Big Lottery announces major funding milestone - 25 November 2009
The Big Lottery Fund has revealed over £300 million in grants have now been awarded through its Reaching Communities programme.
- Government provides an extra £40 million to lift long-term jobless back into work - 19 November 2009
Extra funding is being added to the Working Neighbourhood Fund, to provide support and training for long-term unemployed people and to enable unemployed families to go back to work.
- Government reallocates charity campaigning money to Hardship Fund - 16 November 2009
The Office of the Third Sector has dropped a £750,000 funding scheme designed to give grants to small campaigning charities.
- New themed round of Sport England funding to boost women's participation in sport - 13 November 2009
Sport England announced on wednesday a £10 million National Lottery funding round to encourage ‘Active Women’, in a drive to get more women from disadvantaged communities, and women caring for children, playing sport.
- New strand of national Youth Leadership Fund announced - 5 November 2009
A new strand to The Youth of Today Leadership Fund has been announced, designed for third sector organisations wishing to build their capacity and create youth leadership opportunities across England.
- Health, Work and Well-being Fund is launched to improve health and well-being in the workplace - 04 November 2009
A new £4 million fund has been launched which will give grants to small and medium-sized businesses and local partnerships of trade unions, third sector groups, and public sector bodies, to carry out initiatives to boost staff health and welfare.
- £2 million Access to Volunteering pilot fund opening for applications - 28 October 2009
Charities in three regions will soon be able to apply for money from a £2m pilot fund that has been set up to encourage more disabled people to volunteer.
- Third sector benefits from Real Help for Communities Phase 2 Modernisation Fund Grants - 28 October 2009
32 organisations have now received grants of up to £10,000 each from the Real Help for Communities Phase 2 Modernisation Fund Grants, managed by Office of the Third Sector.
- Equality and Human Rights Commission awards £4.2 million funding to legal advice projects - 27 October 2009
The Commission has offered awards totalling £4.2 million to 77 voluntary sector organisations in England, Wales and Scotland offering legal advice on equality and human rights issues.
- Cashback from seized assets awarded to community groups - 16 October 2009
Communities across the country are now benefiting as illegal assets confiscated from criminals are being used to fund worthwhile community projects, Home Secretary Alan Johnson announced today.
- Arts Council England launches new website - 13 October 2009
The new design includes the addition of the ‘Eligibility wizard’, enabling potential Grants for the Arts applicants to find out whether they are eligible for funding.
- Learning Revolution festival - 7 October 2009
Organisations are invited to celebrate their informal adult learning activities by joining The Learning Revolution Festival, as part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills initiative.
- Last chance for views on the proposed social investment bank - 2 October 2009
In July the Government launched a consultation into the design and functions of a Social Investment Wholesale Bank. The consultation period will close next week on 07 October 2009.
- A third of Office of Third Sector grants were unspent in 2008/09 - 29 September 2009
Money for Grassroots Grants endownment match challenge and Futurebuilders returned to the Treasury.
- Future changes to Grants for the Arts – 16 September 2009
The changes to the Arts Council's grants programme will come into effect from March 2010, including a simplified online application process. The first applications can be submitted online from 1 March 2010.
- Investment and support for social investment - 15 September 2009
Minister for the Third Sector, Angela Smith, made announcements to support social investment – including a £5 million investment, three new Social Return on Investment (SROI) reports and the launch of the UK’s first Social Investment Almanack.
- £20 million invested to kickstart The Learning Revolution - 8 September 2009
The £20 million Transformation Fund, has awarded grants for more than 213 innovative informal adult learning projects in England.
- Cut in interest rates for Futurebuilders and SEIF - Thursday 20 August 2009
Organisations that are looking for new funding through Futurebuilders Funds and the Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF) will be eligible for the new flexible rates.
- New Compact out for consultation - 21 July 2009
The draft new version, about a third of the size of the original, will replace the previous Compact codes.
- DWP and OTS Welfare to Work Events - Friday 14 August 2009
The Department for Work and Pensions and the Office of the Third Sector are holding two events for small organisations that are interested in getting involved in delivering the Government's welfare-to-work programmes.
- The Social Investment Business Launch - 13 August 2009
The Social Investment Business will be the new trading name for the Adventure Capital Fund (ACF) and Futurebuilders England, bringing together all the funds and programmes they currently run under one umbrella.
- Welsh community asset transfer fund established - 5 August 2009
The Welsh Assembly and the Big Lottery Fund have set up a £13m fund to help Welsh community groups acquire public buildings and develop them to suit their needs.
- Department for Children, Schools and Families has published its new third sector strategy and action plan - 30 July 2009
The strategy sets principles, pledges and commitments for continued working with the third sector to help deliver the Every Child Matters agenda.
- Future Jobs Fund winners announced - 31 July 2009
Hundreds of voluntary organisations will receive funding under the first round of the Government's £1bn Future Jobs Fund, set up to create 150,000 jobs.
- Demand for research funds prompts an extra £4.5m from BIG - 14 July 2009
The Big Lottery Fund has put an extra £4.5m into funding research projects this year making £29.5m available, after 450 charities applied for just 50 grants in 2008.
- Contribute to the 'Duty to Involve' Survey
Urban Forum is carrying out a research project looking at the new ‘duty to consult, inform and involve' (also known as the ‘duty to involve') among local authorities.
- Department for Children, Schools and Families Consultation - 3 July 2009
DCSF is reviewing its Children, Young People and Families grant programme
- Adventure Capital Fund consortium will run Communitybuilders - 1 July 2009
The Communitybuilders Fund will offer £70 million for projects promoting local democracy.
- English element of Government's Hardship Fund opens for applications in July - 26 June 2009
The English strand of the £16.7m Hardship Fund will open for applications at the end of July, according to Angela Smith, minister for the third sector.
- The Big Lottery Fund unveils new funding strategy - 26 June 2009
The Big Lottery Fund is providing an extra £45m to help charities through the recession and has pledged to give at least 80 per cent of its funds to voluntary and community groups rather than the current 60 to 70 per cent.
- Angela Evans Smith is new third sector minister - 8 June 2009
- New Department for Business, Innovation and Skills - 8 June 2009
The Government has created a new Department for Business, Innovation & Skills whose key role will be to build Britain's capabilities to compete in the global economy. The Department will be created by merging BERR and DIUS.
- Rating Government Funders - 6 May 2009
Governmentfunding.org.uk's new funder ratings give an independent and unique insight into what to expect from numerous government funders giving money to the voluntary and community sector.
- Voluntary groups highly dissatisfied with help from local statutory bodies - 7 May 2009
The government-sponsored 'National Survey of Third Sector Organisations' has produced an average national score for how effectively local statutory bodies help voluntary organisations achieve their aims, of just 16 per cent.
- Support for the sector announced in Budget - 22 April 2009
As well as some additional money for existing funding, today's Budget announced a £20 million Hardship Fund to be introduced in 2009-10 to provide grant support to front-line third sector organisations adversely affected by the recession.
- Targeted Support Fund key areas announced - Friday 17 April 2009
Birmingham will receive £1 million, the largest share of the Government's £15.5 million fund to help local third sector organisations cope with increased demand because of the recession.
- Charities can apply now for the £16.5m Modernisation Fund - Wednesday 15 April 2009
Futurebuilders England urges applications ahead of the official start date later this month.
- £10 million Inspiring Communities grant launched - Thursday 9 April 2009
The programme aims to support communities to raise the aspirations and educational attainment of young people.
- Home Office Safer Homes Fund announced - Thursday 9 April 2009
A new £6 million fund aiming to help vulnerable people protect themselves from burglars.
- Cabinet Office grants for campaigning - Wednesday 8 April 2009
New grants worth £750,000 to up to 30 small charities and community organisations.
- Futurebuilders' new consortium to bid on sector's behalf for contracts - 1 April 2009
An independent consortium that will bid for government contracts on behalf of the third sector is being created by Futurebuilders England.
- Government support for Black voluntary and community organisations - 1 April 2009
Five regional events are being run as part of the REACH programme, aimed specifically at helping Black-led voluntary and community sector organisations.
- Futurebuilders consortium wins £100m DoH contract - 9 March 2009
A Futurebuilders England-led consortium will administer the Department of Health's Social Enterprise Investment Fund from June. The fund will offer grants, loans and equity-like products to social enterprises that deliver health and social care services.
- Government unveils £42.5m sector 'recession fund' - 9 February 2009
The plan comprises a £16.5m ‘modernisation fund’ to help charities looking at mergers and collaborations, a £15.5m ‘community resilience fund’ and a £10m volunteer brokerage scheme.
- Statement on the future of governmentfunding.org.uk - 5 February 2009
Following the end of a funding relationship with the Office of the Third Sector (OTS), DSC plan to greatly expand the content and functionality of governmentfunding.org.uk so that it continues to provide the best possible service for the voluntary sector.
- Fund to help small charities bid for public contracts - 23 January 2009
A new £220,000 grant fund to help small voluntary organisations tender for public sector contracts has been launched by Futurebuilders England and the National Programme for Third Sector Commissioning.
- New Opportunities White Paper has been launched - 28 January 2009
New Government agenda for capturing the jobs of the future and investing in families, communities and citizens.
- £20bn financial support package available to small businesses and third sector organisations - 15th January 2009
Government launches a new £20bn financial support package for small businesses, which can also be accessed by third sector organisations, business secretary Peter Mandelson has promised.
- New and improved government funding service – 13 January 2009
Governmentfunding.org.uk are expanding their funding information to include local, regional and European government funding opportunities.
- Increasing demand for debt advice services – Tuesday 6 January 2009
Government funded face to face debt advice services have helped over 100,000 people in 2008, and the national telephone debt advice line has seen a significant increase in demand for advice.
- New Intergenerational Volunteering Fund
The new fund will be available in 2009/10 and 2010/11 with 1.5m available in each year. Further details of how the fund will be tendered and run will be available in the New Year
- Merry Christmas from the Government Funding Team
We will be back on Monday 5 January, updating our subscribers with the latest government funding information.
- Capacitybuilders commissions new research - Tuesday 16 December 2008
Capacitybuilders has commissioned a partnership to undertake the largest evaluation ever of the impact of the government’s investment in third sector support services.
- Chance to contribute to Government third sector support action plan – Monday 1 December 2008
Charities have been invited to share their views to help to develop an Action Plan in the New Year, to address current and future challenges in the voluntary and community sector.
- ‘Fair rules’ agenda for communities – Thursday 4 December 2008
A ‘fair rules’ agenda has been set, outlining a wide range of policy initiatives designed to support strong communities.
- £1.5m Investment in Regional Voice – Wednesday 26 November 2008
The Government has announced £1.5m to support third sector regional networks in delivering policies and programmes. The Office of the Third Sector will provide £1m over two years, whilst Capacitybuilders has identified a further £500k for 2009/10.
- New guidance for consulting with the third sector – Thursday 27 November 2008
A practical handbook has been published by the Government to help public servants open up the consultation process, to reach voluntary and community sector workers and to use their experience to influence policy outcomes.
- REACH in the final stages of its search for role models – Thursday 20 November 2008
The final 51 candidates for the first ever Black Boy's National Role Model programme are being put through their paces this week as the last stage of the recruitment process for the REACH role model group kicks off.
- BIG thinking - Monday 17 November 2008
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is urging organisations and individuals across the UK to engage in the debate on how BIG’s funding should be allocated through its grant programmes between 2009 and 2015.
- DH office move delaying Third Sector Investment Programme decisions – Thursday 6 November 2008
Many charities don't know whether their applications for grants from the Department of Health (DH) have been successful because government staff have moved offices.
- Additional £27m for DWP's European Social Fund – Wednesday 5 November 2008
£27 million of new Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) European Social Fund money to be invested in projects to help people improve skills and stay in work, or develop new skills and find a new job.
- Defra launch new third sector strategy and funding programme – Tuesday 4 November 2008
The strategy includes a £6m Greener Living Fund for charities to run environmental projects.
- Awards for All Set to Change - Monday 3 November 2008
Changes are to be made to the small grants scheme’s existing format when it comes to an end in March 2009.
- New Third Sector skills body announced by Government – Tuesday 21 October 2008
Government Ministers have announced that £2.5million will be made available over the next three years to set up a brand new skills body for the third sector.
- New fund will help charities bid for big public sector contracts – Wednesday 22 October 2008
Futurebuilders England is preparing to launch a new fund to help charities bid for large-scale public sector contracts in coalitions.
- New Department of Energy and Climate Change - Monday 6 October 2008.
Announced by Gordon Brown on 3 October 2008, the new department aims to focus on the challenges of climate change and energy supply.
- Government opens bidding to deliver Communitybuilders fund – Thursday 2 October 2008
The Department for Communities and Local Government announced the £70m Communitybuilders fund in its white paper Communities in Control in July and have now invited organisations to apply to deliver the programme.
- £56.5m allocated to tackle youth crime – Tuesday 16 September 2008
The government has announced substantial funding to prevent youth crime in communities across England.
- Coming Soon...
HMRC's Grant in Aid Funding Programme and the Department of Transport's Road Safety Partnership Programme both have new application rounds opening early October 2008.
- Government funds 'shut out bids from smaller charities' - Wednesday 17 September 2008
Over 50 charities have signed a letter calling on the Government to abandon plans to allow only charities with annual incomes of at least £400,000 to apply for funding from its new Empowerment Fund.
- Futurebuilder roadshows – Tuesday 9 September 2008
A series of roadshows to help third sector organisations bid for investment is being staged by Futurebuilders.
- OTS extends funding until March 2011 for its strategic partners – Monday 8 September 2008
The Office of the Third Sector (OTS) has confirmed that it is extending its strategic funding programme until 2011 for the organisations that were awarded the fund.
- Grassroots Grants – Small Grants scheme open - Thursday 4 September 2008
Small local voluntary and community groups can apply for grants under the Government's new £80m Grassroots Grants scheme.
- Futurebuilders forges partnership with RBS – Thursday 4 September 2008
Futurebuilders has formed a partnership with the Royal Bank of Scotland to offer financial support to the third sector.
- Three-year funding report guidance is published - Wednesday 3 September 2008
The Office of the Third Sector (OTS) has published guidance for government departments on their new obligation to report progress on their implementation of three-year grant funding.
- £4.5 million for positive youth activities and to improve community relations - Tuesday 19 August 2008
Young people across the country are to experience adventure, arts, media projects and residential summer camps, thanks to a £4.5 million cash injection, outlined today by the Children’s Minister Beverley Hughes.
- HMRC give £6 million boost for charities over three years
Voluntary and community sector organisations will receive £6 million in funding for the next three years from HMRC to help people get the right benefits and tax.
- Consultation launched to decide future of Compact – Thursday 7 August 2008
The Commission for the Compact has officially launched a consultation about the future of the Compact.
- Coming Soon...
The Children, Young People and Families Grant Programme, managed by DCSF, funds work to improve outcomes for children, young people, and families in England. The Fund is due to open to applications on Wednesday 13 August 2008.
- New Framework and £7.5million Support for Faith Funding – Monday 28 July 2008
The Framework for Partnership outlines new support and £7.5m worth of investment over three years to encourage & enable greater local activity, bringing people from different religions and beliefs together.
- End-of-life charities 'can bid for government funding' – Friday 18 July 2008
Charities involved in providing care for people at the end of their lives could bid for funding from a new £238m government fund, an umbrella body has claimed.
- Grassroots Grants distributors announced – Tuesday 22 July
The Government has appointed 63 local organisations across the UK to distribute grants and set up endowment funds as part of its £130m Grassroots Grants programme.
- Department of Health announces replacement to Section 64 grants scheme – Thursday 17 July 2008
The Department of Health (DH) is changing its main grants scheme for the voluntary sector to a new ‘Third Sector Investment Programme’.
- Further £30m investment in the Voluntary Sector to reduce youth crime – Wednesday 16 July 2008
Charities and voluntary organisations that focus on preventing young people from committing crime or becoming involved in anti social behaviour, gun or gang crime, are set to benefit from a £30m cash boost.
- Communities in control White Paper published – Wednesday 9 July 2008
A White Paper setting out proposals to deliver a fundamental shift in power, influence and responsibility into the hands of communities and citizens has been published.
- Local foundations will distribute Grassroots cash – Wednesday 9 July 2008
Community foundations are to be given responsibility for distributing the overwhelming majority of the £130m Grassroots Grants fund for small community groups.
- Futurebuilders backs voluntary sector bodies in contract bids – Monday 30 June 2008
Futurebuilders England has opened a £1m loan fund to help voluntary organisations prepare bids for contracts to deliver public services.
- Successful parenting services get extra cash - Wednesday 18 June 2008
DCSF's Parenting Fund will continue until 2011 and there will be a new bidding cycle for the third round to cover the financial years 2009-10 and 2010-11.
- Capacitybuilders Improving Reach winners announced - Wednesday 18 June 2008
Capacitybuilders has revealed the 72 organisations that will receive a share of more than £17m of funding to work with marginalised communities.
- Cash boost for biomass fuel for heat and electricity generation – Friday 6 June 2008
Farmers, foresters and biomass producers can apply for up to £200,000 each under a new round of grants from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
- Taskforce launched for third sector welfare reforms – Thursday 5 June 2008
Stronger third sector involvement in delivering the government's radical welfare to work reforms has been called for as a new 'third sector' taskforce has been set up.
- Strategy promotes working with vcs groups to strengthen justice system - 6 June 2008
A new Ministry of Justice (MoJ) strategy looks to build upon third sector relationships to deliver better public services. The MoJ already works with a number of third sector organisations and spends more than £100 million annually with the sector.
- £12.5 million to tackle radicalisation and help prevent extremism in communities – Tuesday 3 June 2008
New guidance to help and support local authorities, schools, community groups and the police to tackle violent extremism and prevent radicalisation in communities has been launched.
- Grassroots Grants update - Thursday 8 May 2008
Just £6m of the government's £80m small grants programme for community organisations will be allocated this year through the Grassroots Grants programme, according to umbrella group Urban Forum.
- NGOs get £20m extra DfID funding – Friday 25 April 2008
The Department for International Development (DfID) has announced £10m in extra funding for both the Governance and Transpareny and Civil Society Challenge funds.
- Communities and Local Government Strategic Partners Scheme dropped - Tuesday 8 April 2008
Charities have criticised the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) after its sudden decision to drop the £6.4m partnership scheme.
- Heritage Lottery Fund to make grants 'quicker and easier' – Tuesday 8 April 2008
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has said it will make it quicker and easier for voluntary organisations to apply for £1bn worth of grants over the next five years.
- ChangeUp support services open their doors – Tuesday 1 April 2008
The nine new national support services for the ChangeUp infrastructure programme have now started running.
- New commitments to tackle sexual and domestic violence – Saturday 8 March 2008
The Home Office announced new £1million funding and provisions on International Women's Day.
- Agreement on future of the Government Funding Portal
The Cabinet Office and Directory for Social Change (DSC) today announced plans for the future of the Government Funding Portal, governmentfunding.org.uk
- £10m risk capital investment fund for Social Enterprises - Wednesday 27 February 2008
Phil Hope, Minister for the Third Sector, today announced a £10million Risk Capital fund for Social Enterprises. The fund will particularly benefit Social Enterprises at the critical start up and early growth stages of development.
- £31m funding boost announced for DCSF Grant Programme – Friday 15 February 2008
Minister for Young People Kevin Brennan has committed a further £31million over the next 3 years for the Children, Young People and Families Grant Programme.
- Grassroots Grants endowment scheme open for bids – Friday 1 February 2008
The £130 million fund, which will run from 2008-2011 will be divided into two parts: an £80 million small grants fund for community organisations; and a groundbreaking £50 million endowments programme.
- Adventure Capital Fund to run £215m Futurebuilders Fund – Monday 28 January 2008
The Cabinet Office has announced its intention to appoint the charity Adventure Capital Fund (ACF) to manage the broader second phase of the Futurebuilders fund.
- Defra publishes Public Attitudes research – Monday 14 January 2008
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published a framework and announced a new grant scheme to encourage environmentally friendly behaviour among individuals and communities.
- £16m programme of ‘think family’ local pilots, to be led by the Department for Children, Schools and Families – Thursday 10 January 2008
DCSF have commited the funds for family pathfinder projects as part of a new 'think family' approach to help vulnerable parents and children and charities that deliver public services are being invited to team up with their local authorities to run them.
- Launch of National Compact Voice Network - Thursday 10 January 2008
Compact Voice has launched an online discussion forum for charities to share their experiences of contracting with government.
- The Ministry of Justice launches third sector consultation- Friday 21 December 2007
The Ministry of Justice has launced a consultation to finalise its third sector strategy for England and Wales, to strengthen the way the ministry works with voluntary and community groups to secure better public services and improve its policies.
- £130 million ‘Grassroots Grants’ community funding – Thursday 13 December 2007
The Cabinet Office announced this week that its £130m community funding programme will be called Grassroots Grants. It will be made up of a small grants fund and an endowments fund and is available from 2008-2011.
- DCSF new funds for disabled children, young people and their families – Saturday 8 December 2007
As part of the Children’s Plan £53m has been designated to help disabled children, young people and their families.
- The Department of Health Funding Review - Thursday 13 December 2007
The Department of Health is reviewing all funding and investment to third sector organisations.
- DCSF have announced a new fund for young people – Wednesday 5 December 2007
A £420m fund for more places to go and things to do for young people has been allocated across the country.
- Capacitybuilders announces £30m in grants to develop third sector infrastructure – Tuesday 4 December 2007
Capacitybuilders has announced it will give £30m of grant funding through the ChangeUp programme, intended to develop and modernise the third sector's local and regional infrastructure over the next three years.
- DCSF funds Youth Taskforce to tackle anti-social behaviour - Thursday 22 November 2007
58 local areas will receive funding of £12.9m over the next 3 years in the Department for Children, Schools and Families’ (DCSF) effort to challenge anti-social behaviour and to support young people.
- Defra consulting on new voluntary sector strategy - Wednesday 21 November 2007
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has launched a consultation on how it can work more effectively with voluntary sector organisations to inform the department's third sector strategy document, which will be published next April
- £70 million expansion to help the homeless - Tuesday 13 November 2007
The Department for Communities and Local Government has announced a new £70 million expansion of the Government's drive - in partnership with local authorities and the voluntary sector - to help rough sleepers make a permanent move away from the streets.
- Capacitybuilders drops interest repayment clause - Thursday 8 November 2007
Capacitybuilders has dropped a clause in its funding contract saying that grant recipients might have to return interest accrued on grants due to breaches of the Compact. Capacitybuilders’ reporting requirements have also been simplified.
- Compact Week - Wednesday 31 October 2007
Compact Week will take place from 1- 8 November. A series of events have been organised across the country to raise the profile and awareness of the Compact.
- Noms law will give sector a role in service provision - Wednesday 3 October 2007
Charities will have a role in delivering services under the Offender Management Act, minister Maria Eagles told a senior sector delegate to the Labour conference.
- 'Give more support to volunteers,' Government told - Tuesday 25 September 2007
Volunteering England is calling on the Department of Communities and Local Government to provide more direct support for volunteers and to use the words 'volunteering' and 'volunteers' more frequently in its literature.
- Controversial company hired to get disabled people off benefit - Monday 24 September 2007
An Australian multinational group founded and run by Thérèse Rein, the wife of Kevin Rudd, leader of the opposition Labor Party, plans to become the biggest provider of "welfare to work" programmes for up to a million disabled people in Britain under a re
- Failed contract bids anger charities - Wednesday 19 September 2007
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has come under attack for "sidelining" public service charities and awarding the bulk of its £250m Pathway to Work contracts to private companies.
- Acevo launches inquiry into DWP contracting - September 18 2007
Acevo has launched an independent inquiry into the awarding of contracts from the Department of Work and Pensions, and is calling on the secretary of state to review future bidding rounds for its Pathways to Work programme immediately.
- Charities call for Compact to expand role - Wednesday 12 September 2007
When the government launched the Compact Commission and appointed the first compact commissioner last year, ministers promised it heralded the start of a new dawn in the relationship between local government bodies and their voluntary sector partners.
- Community award scheme axed - Wednesday 12 September 2007
The government is dropping its £3m Community Champions Award scheme that gives grants to local volunteers to set up grassroots community programmes.
- Enhanced role for the private and voluntary sector – Peter Hain announces pathways contracts - Wednesday 12 September 2007
Peter Hain today set out how the Government will take forward his crusade for full employment and an end to poverty. He announced that six leading training and employment companies from the private and voluntary sector have been awarded contracts to deli
- Community Assets programme launched - Thursday 6 September 2007
A £30m fund has been launched to help third sector organisations to refurbish local authority buildings such as community centres.
- Hope for grant funding - Tuesday 4 September 2007
Despite the prevalence of contract agreements in the government’s funding agenda, Minister for the third sector Phil Hope has acknowledged the importance of grant funding to allow third sector organisations to maintain independence and perform innovative
- Brown backs sector in keynote speech - Monday 3 September 2007
A revised version of the Compact should confirm the right of charities and voluntary organisations to campaign against the policies of governments or local councils that may also be funding them, the Prime Minister said on Monday.
- Charity Bank ends relationship with Futurebuilders - Friday August 17 2007
Charity Bank is to pull out of its role as a stakeholder in Futurebuilders England, the organisations have revealed this week.
- Government consults on £10m social enterprise fund - Wednesday 13 August 2007
The Cabinet Office has launched a consultation on its new £10m risk capital fund to help social enterprises grow.
- Opening the door to a new life for people with learning disabilities - Thursday 9 August 2007
£175 million to build new homes in the community signals the end of institutions
- Alarm as public sector forms new-style social enterprises - Wednesday 8 August 2007
Concern is growing among service delivering charities that primary care trusts and other large public sector organisations are setting up social enterprises to bid for contracts that currently go to traditional third sector organisations.
- Funding of charity contracts 'too complex' - Wednesday 8 August 2007
The National Audit Office has called on the Government to dramatically streamline the "over complex" funding system for public service contracts after research revealed one charity had to give 16 different presentations to the same local authority.
- News analysis: And the sector review winners are... Wednesday 8 August 2007
The warm reception for Gordon Brown's third sector review was due to tone as much as substance. The emphasis on the campaigning role of charities, on grants as well as contracts and on small community groups as well as large service-delivering charities.
- Strength in numbers - August 2007
The Charities Act 2006 has made charity mergers a simpler, more attractive prospect. As competition for funding continues to bite, will smaller charities merge in order to create a level playing field with third sector dominants?
- Government 'should be clearer on public service delivery' - Thursday 2 August 2007
The Government needs to be clearer about the distinctive contribution it expects from voluntary sector organisations that deliver public services, according to Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the umbrella body the NCVO.
- Tough choices for charities on commissioning - Wednesday 25 July 2007
Commissioning, unfashionable and long-neglected as the question of who should provide public services, now finds itself in the spotlight. The first national conference on commissioning last week highlighted its importance.
- Brown hails volunteers as he unveils vision for Britain - Tuesday 24 July 2007
Gordon Brown today put volunteering and community activism at the heart of his vision of the "British way of life", matching a commitment to celebrate society's "everyday heroes" with promises of investment in small neighbourhood groups
- Main points of the third sector review - Tuesday 24 July 2007
The final report of the government's third sector review sets out measures to build on partnership with the third sector and feed into the upcoming comprehensive spending round.
- Prime Minister sets out 10–year vision for how government can support a thriving third sector - Tuesday 24 July 2007
Today the Prime Minister will set out a new agenda on social action and present his vision of a partnership in which government empowers and enables individuals and organisations working for positive social change.
- Scottish organisations pass pilot public benefit test - Thursday 19 July 2007
All of the organisations that took part in the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator's pilot scheme to review the status of charities in the country demonstrated that they provided public benefit, the regulator has announced. However, two organisations
- CVS to close rather than accept council contract - Wednesday 18 July 2007
Kevin Curley, chief executive of umbrella body Navca, has criticised the decision of a Council for Voluntary Service in the West Midlands to close rather than tender for a council contract that it said would seriously undermine its independence.
- Protect statutory grants, says Navca - Friday 13 July 2007
Navca is calling on the Government to making clear to local authorities that they should continue to provide grant funding to local voluntary and community groups.
- ChangeUp looks set to lose £5m a year in funding - Wednesday 11 July 2007
Capacitybuilders is planning for a £5m a year cut in funding for the ChangeUp infrastructure programme.
- Loan body embraces risk - Wednesday 11 July 2007
Almost 10 per cent of loans that have been made by the Government-backed Futurebuilders scheme are in the highest risk category, according to a report launched at the organisation's annual conference last week.
- New minister seeks to allay science concerns - Tuesday 10 July 2007
Science will "be at the heart" of the new Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills, the new science minister, Ian Pearson, told the House of Commons yesterday.
- Futurebuilders gets £25m funding boost - Thursday 5 July 2007
Government loan fund Futurebuilders announced at its conference yesterday that it is to gain an extra £25m funding from the Cabinet Office, bringing its total funding pot to £150m.
- Profile: Charities put their faith in Hope, new minister for the third sector - Wednesday 4 July 2007
When Phil Hope was a junior minister in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, he confided to a colleague that he wasn't sure he wanted to move to a different department because it would mean a narrower view of government.
- Important Announcement: Changes affecting the sector under Brown - Tuesday 3 July 2007
Following the cabinet reshuffle in the wake of the new prime minister taking office, a number of changes have occurred which have significance for the third sector.
- It takes two to educate - Tuesday 3 July 2007
Two new departments - and neither with 'education' in the title. But who's in charge of what? And will it be good news or bad for schools, colleges and universities?
- Charities respond to cabinet appointments - Friday 29 June 2007
Charities have welcomed the appointment of key ministers as part of new Prime Minister Gordon Brown's cabinet reshuffle and outlined early priorities.
- £70 million fund to transform youth volunteering - June 2007
Office of the Third Sector strategic partner v has announced £70million funding programme as part of a national framework to transform youth volunteering in England.
- Grants to boost social enterprise - Thursday 21 June 2007
The Office of the Third Sector has announced that seven organisations from the social enterprise movement will share £3m over three years to help ensure the sector's voice is heard by policy-makers.
- Ambassadors to champion social enterprise - Friday 15 June 2007
A consortium headed by the Social Enterprise Coalition has been chosen to deliver a new Government programme to raise the profile of social enterprise by creating at least 20 ambassadors for the sector, third sector minister Ed Miliband has announced.
- Campbell's Kingdom - Wednesday 20 June 2007
For the past eight months, Campbell Robb has been developing and reorganising the Office of the Third Sector, and he's clear about what the trickiest part of its work will be.
- Hub announces regional IT support - Friday 15 June 2007
The ICT Hub has announced the identities of the nine regional 'champions' that will deliver more than 1,400 days of ICT training, workshops, research and facilitated networking to the English voluntary sector between now and next March.
- Treasury rules could reduce Futurebuilders grants - Wednesday 13 June 2007
On the eve of its third anniversary, Futurebuilders has warned that recent changes to the structure of government funding will almost halve its capacity to give grants alongside its loans to third sector groups.
- Government still failing on full cost recovery targets - Friday 8 June 2007
Government contracts with charities still don't cover the full costs of delivering public services - despite a promise to do so by April 2006.
- Contracts 'affecting small grants' - Wednesday 6 June 2007
The decline in government small grants programmes for voluntary organisations will have a knock-on effect on the number of grants non-statutory bodies will be able to offer in future, the Community Foundation Network has warned.
- Cutbacks at Lottery Fund put promise to charities in doubt - Wednesday 6 June 2007
The board of the Big Lottery Fund has decided in principle to cut £120m from its programmes, including some that fund voluntary sector projects, in a bid to recoup losses from the recent raid to fund the London 2012 Olympic Games.
- The rich take a larger slice of the cake - Wednesday 6 June 2007
The NCVO's UK Voluntary Sector Almanac 2007 shows that charities are becoming more polarised, with larger organisations winning a greater share of the income and smaller ones struggling. Mathew Little looks at the trends.
- Coalition calls for increased grant funding - Thursday 31 May 2007
A coalition of ten voluntary sector agencies have launched a campaign to promote the importance of grants for voluntary and community organisations, calling on local authorities and other statutory bodies to establish grant funding in support of community
- Don't ditch grants, says charity coalition - Thursday 31st May 2007
Eleven charities have formed a coalition calling for the protection of small local authority grants for the voluntary sector.
- Games hopes for social enterprise - Wednesday 30 May 2007
Social enterprises could carry out contracts for the 2012 Olympics worth a total of half a billion pounds, according to research by Social Enterprise London.
- Forty public buildings to be handed over to charities -Tuesday 29 May 2007
Community groups will take over the running of up to 40 disused public buildings over the next year, under plans outlined by the Government.
- Discussion paper on the tender for the second phase Futurebuilders fund published - Friday 25 May 2007
The Cabinet Office today published a discussion paper to invite further views on the tender for a partner to deliver the second phase of the Futurebuilders Fund - to distribute £65m of funding to third sector organisations over three years.
- Government response to petition - 'Defend funding' - Thursday 24 May 2007
The government has responded to an e-petition that called for lottery funding for the voluntary sector to be safeguarded in light of the increasing costs of the 2012 Olympics:
- Transfer window opens for local communities - Tuesday 22 May 2007
Local Government Minister Phil Woolas has announced a six point action plan today to give people greater control over how key assets in their communities are run - from disused swimming baths to pubs and community centres.
- Attitudes must change for relations between charities and public bodies to prosper - Thursday 17 May 2007
The relationship between the voluntary and public sectors remains fraught and commissioning arrangements between the two parties are ineffective, delegates at a Local Government Association conference heard yesterday.
- How to oil the wheels of the Compact - Wednesday 16 May 2007
There was much mirth when the woman running Relate was brought in to broker the relationship between the voluntary and public sectors. But more than six months after Angela Sibson was appointed the first chief executive of the Commission for the Compact
- Cabinet Office defends suspect sums - May 2007
The number of social enterprises in the UK could be as high as 215,000, rather than 55,000, the figure normally cited.
- A leaner, more focused Home Office starts today, and a new Ministry of Justice launches - Wednesday 9 May 2007
From today, all responsibilities for criminal law and sentencing, reducing re-offending, and prisons and probation will transfer from the Home Office to a new Ministry of Justice (new window), built around the Department for Constitutional Affairs.
- Social enterprises to get Fairtrade-style kite-mark - Wednesday 9 May 2007
A pilot project to develop a Fairtrade-type kite-mark and trade association for social enterprises has been started in the south-west of England.
- Lottery good causes cash faces further £2bn shortfall - Friday 4 May 2007
Lottery funding for good causes raised during the present seven-year licence period to 2009 could suffer a massive shortfall, new estimates reveal.
- ChangeUp consortia face contract losses - Tuesday 1 May 2007
Some local consortia providing the ChangeUp infrastructure programme face losing their contracts as a result of a benchmarking exercise to measure performance.
- Lottery bodies sitting on £1.9bn, claims campaigner - Tuesday April 24 2007
The image of the national lottery is being undermined because the bodies responsible for distributing money to good causes are sitting on almost £2bn, it was claimed today.
- Charity coalition rallies opposition MPs against Lottery raid to fund the Olympics - Monday 23 April 2007
A coalition of arts, sports and heritage organisations is seeking the backing of opposition MPs in a campaign against the Government's intention to cut National Lottery funding to help pay for the 2012 Olympics.
- No statutory powers for Compact Commissioner - Thursday 12 April 2007
Ed Miliband has ruled out giving the Compact Commissioner statutory powers in the near future but pledged to review the position in the long term.
- Adventure Capital Fund linked to assets fund role - Wednesday 11 April 2007
The Adventure Capital Fund, the charity that provides investment for community organisations, could be given responsibility for carrying out due diligence on organisations bidding for grants from the new £30m Community Assets Fund.
- Big Lottery Fund to manage £30m Community Assets Fund - Wednesday 4 April 2007
Ed Miliband, Minister for the Third Sector, today announced that the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) will manage a new £30m programme to enable community–led third sector organisations to own and run under–used public buildings.
- Government invites rival bids to run Futurebuilders Fund - Wednesday 4 April 2007
<p>Futurebuilders England is facing a fight to continue to run the £215m Futurebuilders Fund after the Government revealed it will invite new tenders to operate the programme.</p>
- Capacitybuilders should not be the 'voice of the sector', says NCVO - March 2007
The NCVO has accused Capacitybuilders of trying to compete with the very infrastructure services it is looking to set up and fund under the ChangeUp programme.
- Government 'shame' over third sector - Wednesday 28 March 2007
The government may be holding a love-in with the voluntary sector, but not all Whitehall departments appear to practise what their political masters preach.
- NCVO aims to keep grip on ChangeUp in post-hub era - March 2007
The NCVO is planning to tender to lead all but one of the new National Support Services that Capacitybuilders is likely to establish to replace the existing ChangeUp hubs.
- Public sector to learn how to treat charities well - Wednesday 14 March 2007
The Government has appointed the Improvement and Development Agency to run a £2m training programme for public sector commissioners.
- Call for engagement with VCS to be statutory requirement - Wednesday 21 February 2007
The NCVO is calling for an amendment to the Local Government White Paper, forcing councils to engage with their local voluntary sector.
- Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund
The Government is making available £5m in 2007-8 to support priority local authorities in their work to tackle violent extremism in their communities.
- First Elements of Charities Act England and Wales – Friday 19 February 2007
The first commencement order bringing in provisions of the Charities Act 2006 has been published. The main areas covered are:
- Leather issues 'wake-up call' on delivery of public services - Wednesday 14 February 2007
A stark warning about the dangers of public service delivery, including mission drift, inadequate funding and a potential "Tescoisation" of the sector, will be issued today by Dame Suzi Leather, chair of the Charity Commission.
- Commission could lose staff as funding uncertainty continues - Wednesday 7 February 2007
The Charity Commission could be forced to make staff redundant and delay implementation of parts of the Charities Act because of uncertainty over its funding.
- UK's top charity boosts standards board launch - Wednesday 7 February 2007
The Fundraising Standards Board will be launched to the public on Monday, buoyed by the news that Britain's biggest charity has agreed to sign up.
- MPs ‘swayed more by charities than by businesses’ - February 2007
Charities have more influence on MPs than big business, according to research commissioned by the Hansard Society.
- Commission endorses high-flying standards in charities - February 2007
Age Concern, YMCA England and Community Foundation Network are the first charities to have their quality standards endorsed by the Charity Commission.
- Fundraisers still frustrated by No Cold Calling Zones, despite Charities Act - February 2007
Charities that fundraise door-to-door and abide by the Public Collections Regime in the new Charities Act, could still fall foul of No Cold Calling Zones, according to a top charity lawyer.
- Funding row hits Scottish voluntary groups - 5 February 2007
The Herald report that more than 50 voluntary groups will be forced to close projects for the most vulnerable in society after ministers decided to restrict vital European funding.
- Voluntary organizations for refugees resist pressure to operate as 'shadow state' agencies – January 2007
New research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, highlights the tensions that voluntary organisations face between working to support refugees arriving in Britain and the rules surrounding government funding for their work.
- Ministers lay out plans for social enterprise – Wednesday 24 January 2007
Minister for the Third Sector, Ed Miliband, has called on social enterprises to work with government to “achieve their full potential as a movement for progressive social change”.
- Voluntary sector collective attacks government’s line on terrorism and charities – Wednesday 24 January 2007
The government’s “heavy-handed and draconian approach” to charities and terrorism could be fuelling rather than eliminating the terrorist threat, according to a new report published by a broad coalition of voluntary sector stakeholders led by the NCVO
- NCVO keen to ensure even lesser-known charities benefit from unclaimed assets – January 2007
The NCVO is calling for an independent consultation to determine which charities should benefit from the distribution of unclaimed assets.
- New Olympics raid 'could cost the sector 315m' – Wednesday 10 January 2007
Sir Clive Booth, chair of the Big Lottery Fund, has issued his strongest warning yet about the consequences for the voluntary sector if the fund is forced to divert more money from good causes to cover the extra costs of staging the 2012 Olympics.
- NHS takes cash meant for charity – Thursday 28 December 2006
A pioneering scheme to help mental patients may have to close because the Department of Health has pocketed money promised by the Treasury.
- DTI: Low Carbon Buildings Programme - Phase 2
Grants for the installation of microgeneration technologies are available to public sector buildings (including schools, hospitals, housing associations and local authorities) and charitable bodies.
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- ChangeUp 'should be local enforcer' – Wednesday 13 December 2006
Local ChangeUp consortia should become the "voice of the sector" at local level, helping to bring recalcitrant local authorities into line, third sector minister Ed Miliband said last week.
- Government to reduce charity burden - Monday 11 December 2006
The administrative burden placed on charities by the government's regulating body is to be cut by a quarter by 2010, it has been revealed. Announcing its plans to improve the compliance requirements of UK charities this morning, the Charity Commission
- Capacitybuilders launches consultation - charities urged to respond - Thursday 7 December 2006
On Thursday 7th December Capacitybuilders launched a consultation on its document 'Destination 2014'. Views from across the third sector will be welcomed, especially on the priorities that should be adopted in meeting Capacitybuilders'
- Pre Budget Report good news for third sector – Wednesday 6 December 2006
Potentially good news came with this year’s pre-Budget Report as the Chancellor of the Exchequer highlighted aspects of the third sector review interim report, including three-year public service contracts becoming the norm.
- Miliband backs three-year funding cycles – Tuesday 28 November 2006
Charities minister Ed Miliband declared his commitment to three-year rather than one-year contracts for the third sector at the annual Funding the Future conference last week.
- Hubs to lose commissioning powers – Tuesday 28 November 2006
The ChangeUp hubs are to lose their commissioning powers from Spring next year but have been thrown a lifeline with the announcement that Capacitybuilders will continue to fund them until March 2008. At its meeting last Wednesday, the Capacitybuilders
- ChangeUp consortia join forces – Wednesday 22 November 2006
A single funding bid in London signals the sector 'taking responsibility for itself'. While the voluntary sector may speak the language of co-operation, the sentiment is frequently lost in the Darwinian battle for funding.
- London groups spared huge cuts - Wednesday 22 November 2006
Voluntary organisations in London last week staved off swingeing cuts to their grants by local councils in the capital. A campaign by the sector averted a threatened 33 per cent cut and pegged the pan-London grant budget at last year's level of £28m.
- David Cameron: Our vision for the voluntary sector – Wednesday 15 November 2006
Writing for Third Sector, Conservative Party leader David Cameron argues that voluntary organisations are over-regulated, denied the conditions to compete fairly with other sectors and would benefit from 'Social Action Zones'.
- Petition website for 10 Downing St - Wednesday 15 November 2006
The days of charities handing in petitions at the door of 10 Downing Street could be numbered after a decision by the Office of the Prime Minister to establish a petition website.
- 'Apathetic’ charities miss out on 8 per cent extra income - November 2006
2 in 5 small charities have failed to claim back any Gift Aid over the last year, new research shows. The report, Promoting Tax-Effective Giving, has prompted the Institute of Fundraising to condemn the “apathy” of many charities with regards to Gift Aid
- Charity Commission celebrates new Charities Act - 8 November 2006
The Charities Bill received Royal Assent on 8th November 2006. This means that the Bill has become the Charities Act 2006 and is now law. Except for some technical provisions the Act has not yet come into force. We expect that further information about
- Group calls for 'level playing field' – Wednesday 25 October 2006
The Charity Finance Directors' Group is calling for the Government to accept a series of guidelines on funding for public service delivery drawn up by the voluntary sector.
- £2m for UK online centres tackling social exclusion – Wednesday 25 October 2006
UK online centres across England will get the chance to bid for their share of a £2million government grant for community projects with socially excluded or disadvantaged groups.
- Five groups back plan to strip hubs of commissioning role – Wednesday 25 October 2006
A coalition of sector umbrella bodies wants Capacitybuilders to take over commissioning powers from the hubs. Acevo, Bassac, Acre, the Community Development Finance Association and the Development Trusts Association have given their backing to
- Talks will tackle Compact breach - Wednesday 18 October 2006
Voluntary sector representatives will meet civil servants at the Department of Health on Friday to discuss ways of avoiding a repeat of this year's breach of the Compact, which left £17.85m of charity funding in jeopardy.
- Commission looks to raise £10k accounts assessment threshold - Tuesday 17 October 2006
The Charity Commission believes the £10,000 turnover threshold at which charities must have their accounts independently examined is too low, and is to consult the sector on a higher level early next year.
- Campbell Robb appointed new Director of the Office of the Third Sector - Tuesday 17 October 2006
The Prime Minister has approved the appointment of Campbell Robb to be Director General, Office of the Third Sector (OTS) in the Cabinet Office.
- Lobby body for social enterprise - Wednesday 13 October 2006
A group of UK umbrella bodies have formed a coalition to lobby government on ways in which it can help people launch their own businesses, including social enterprises.
- Institute welcomes launch of new fundraising promise - Thursday 12 October 2006
The Institute of Fundraising (‘Institute’) welcomes the new Fundraising Promise and is urging fundraising organisations to sign up to the Fundraising Standard Board’s self-regulatory scheme for fundraising prior to its public launch in the New Year.
- Charity leaders launch careers guide - Friday 13 October 2006
People employed by charities are old, white, female and often too unwell to do a proper job. At least that is what young people believe, according to a survey for voluntary sector leaders.
- Keeping up with public service delivery - have your say - Friday 6 October 2006
What are the circumstances in which charities are able to deliver public services? To help charities answer this question, the Charity Commission today announced a consultation on its new guidance 'Charities and public service delivery'.
- Centre will study charitable giving - Wednesday 4 October 2006
The Office of the Third Sector is finalising plans for a centre to research charitable giving.
- OSCR to implement review of charity register - Thursday 28 September 2006
The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), which assumed its full powers in April of this year, has recently announced a full-scale review of the country’s 21,500 existing charities.
- Europe gets third sector network - Wednesday 27 September 2006
A leading organisation for professional third sector workers has announced the creation of a new network to unite charity leaders across Europe.
- Third would sue a charity if injured - Wednesday 27th September 2006
One in three Britons would try to sue a charity if they hurt themselves at a charity event or on charity premises, says a YouGov survey.
- Marking out the territory: Ed Miliband interview - Wednesday 20 September 2006
Ed Miliband, 'Brownite' third sector minister, insists that the idea of charities being major public service providers has been overplayed. He clarifies Labour's vision to David Brindle.
- Durning Report: Hubs should lose commissioning powers - Wednesday 13 September 2006
The national hubs of expertise should be given a more limited role as centres of excellence promoting best practice, according to Jo Durning's report on the future of the ChangeUp infrastructure programme.
- Ed Miliband pledges £1.1 million to promote volunteering among hard-to-reach groups - Wednesday 13 September 2006
Ed Miliband, Minister for the Third Sector, today pledged over £1million of funding to spread the best ideas for recruiting and retaining volunteers from hard-to-reach groups.
- Fundraising Standards Board delays its launch – Wednesday 6 September 2006
The Fundraising Standards Board has delayed its public launch until next year because not enough charities have signed up. The board announced last week that the self-regulatory scheme will now begin in January 2007, three months after the planned date
- NCVO concern at plans to limit European lobbying - Wednesday 6 September 2006
The NCVO has warned the European Commission against introducing proposals that would restrict national NGOs from lobbying against its directives.
- Seminars promise financial advice - Wednesday 6 September 2006
Charities are to receive additional help with financial issues through a new series of six seminars from the Government's Finance Hub. Launching the new programme, the Finance Hub said the briefings would be aimed at helping charities with finance issues
- First Compact Commissioner is appointed - Thursday 30 August 2006
The Cabinet Office has appointed John Stoker as the first Compact Commissioner – a new role aimed at monitoring the relationship between government, the third sector and voluntary organisations.
- Voluntary sector criticises ALG review of funding - Saturday 25 August 2006
The Voluntary Sector Forum, representing the voluntary and community sector in London, has hit out at the Association of London Government’s plans to review its funding priorities, claiming any redistribution of cash could hit the sector hard.
- Cheque scam targets charities - Thursday 17 August 2006
Charities should beware of a new scam involving ‘payback’ requests on unsolicited donations by cheque which could leave victims thousands of pounds out-of-pocket, the Charity Commission has warned.
- Volunteers succeed in battle for lunch money - Thursday 17 August 2006
The Department for Work and Pensions has been pressured into a U-turn over the issue of lunch expenses for volunteers claiming benefits.
- Councils duck full cost recovery - Wednesday 2 August 2006
Only half of the visual impairment charities that work with local government are properly reimbursed in their contracts, a survey has revealed.
- Commission lightens its approach to regulation - Wednesday 26 July 2006
The regulator's annual report for 2005/06 reveals it opened 60 formal Section Eight inquiries into charity malpractice last year, compared with 325 over the previous 12 months.
- First fall in three years for funds - Wednesday 19 July 2006
Returns from charity investment funds have fallen for the first time in three years, according to figures for the second quarter of 2006 from WM Performance Services.
- Charity law for Northern Ireland - Tuesday 18 July 2006
Government proposals for a Charities Commission and Register of Charities in Northern Ireland have been published.
- UK told: 'end charities bias' - Tuesday 11 July 2006
The European Commission has formally requested that the UK Government end what it describes as "discrimination" against foreign charities.
- Charity Bank announces outstanding growth - Tuesday 11 July 2006
Charity Bank – the UK’s first not-for-profit bank – today announced that it has achieved exceptional growth in lending this year following an unprecedented rise in deposits in 2005.
- Third sector provision of employment-related services - Monday 10 July 2006
A report commissioned by the Public and Commercial Services Union from Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences says that there is a “lack of evidence supporting the claim that the third sector has a superior record in delivering services compared
- Banks plan to use unclaimed assets for charity - Thursday 13 July 2006
The banking community yesterday welcomed a government-led proposal to set up a "social investment bank" that would reinvest unclaimed assets lying dormant in banks and building societies into the community, but shareholder groups warned more needed to be
- Charity Commission to authorise Wellcome Trust bond issue - Monday 3 July 2006
The Charity Commission has indicated that it is prepared to authorise the Wellcome Trust new bond issue, which could generate around £300-£500 million in additional income.
- New lottery game to support 2012 Olympics - Wednesday 5 July 2006
Liberal Democrats fear charities could lose out as lottery operator Camelot launches a new twice-weekly game aimed at raising money to help pay for the 2012 London Olympics.
- Controversial code to increase transparency - Wednesday 5 July 2006
Members of the Institute of Fundraising will be expected to abandon claims that every penny of donations goes directly to the cause under new rules published this week.
- Major giving soars by 300% over three years - Wednesday 21 June 2006
Income from major donor fundraising has soared by as much as 185.7% over the past year and 300% over 3 years, according to new Fundratios research released by the Institute of Fundraising today.
- Victory for sector on additionality - June 2006
The Government has committed to amending the lottery bill, to ensure lottery money remains separate from core spending. The amendment will mean that distributors must report on how their funding is free from political interference, and distinct from Gover
- Sector could profit from successful court cases - Wednesday 28 June 2006
The Law Society and the Bar Council are believed to be in the early stages of planning a scheme that could mean charities receive "hundreds of thousands of pounds of extra income" if they are victorious in cases.
- Spotlight falls on funding - Wednesday 21 June 2006
National Audit Office to examine government relations with sector.
- A shot in the arm for the compact - Wednesday 21 June 2006
Five councils have been named as 'pathfinder' models for Compact compliance in England.
- Charities and public service delivery - Wednesday 21 June 2006
On 21 March 2006 the Charity Commission hosted a conference on the delivery of public services by charities.
- Regulating and improving fundraising - Tuesday 20 June 2006
The new self-regulatory scheme for fundraising by UK charities launches on 21st June, when fundraising organisations will be able to join the scheme.
- New law set to increase scrutiny - Wednesday 14 June 2006
Up to 4,000 charitable companies could face extra accounting scrutiny if plans included in the Company Law Reform Bill go ahead.
- Return of the Charities Bill ends eight-month wait - Wednesday 14 June 2006
The Charities Bill is to return to Parliament before the start of the summer recess, ending an eight-month delay since its first reading in the Commons last November.
- Revenue objection could see VAT refunds slashed - Wednesday 7 June 2006
A massive VAT windfall for the charity sector could be cut in half because of objections by HM Revenue & Customs.
- Financial Relationships with third sector organisations - Wednesday 31 May 2006
New guidance for third sector funders has been published by the Treasury in an attempt to clarify pressing issues for charities, including full cost recovery.
- Local government and local funding - Wednesday 31 May 2006
‘Closer to People and Places - a new vision for local government’, just produced by the Local Government Association, includes a section on 'working with the voluntary and community sectors – building social capital'.
- 21st Century Public Services - Putting People First - Wednesday 24 May 2006
A major international conference looking at the future of public service reform is to be held in London on Tuesday 6th June 2006.
- Tax ruling could boost charities - Wednesday 24 May 2006
Charities and other not-for-profit organisations could recover significant amounts of lost VAT following a series of legal challenges.
- Tony Blair sets service provision target - Wednesday 24 May 2006
Prime Minister Tony Blair has set a one-year deadline for the attainment of a "step change" in the provision of public services by third sector organisations.
- Youth Opportunity Fund and Youth Capital Fund launched - Thursday 18 May 2006
Guidance notes for the new Youth Opportunity Fund (YOF) and Youth Capital Fund (YCF) have been published.
- Councils pledge an end to one-year contracts - Wednesday 31 may 2006
Voluntary sector leaders have welcomed a historic commitment by the Local Government Association to end one-year contracts with charities.
- New department created after Government reshuffle - Monday 08 May 2006
The Prime Minister has created a new Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) under Ruth Kelly's leadership.
- New Government site for public service contracts launched
A new government web site advertising public sector contracts has been launched
- Ministers lose ground on National Lottery Bill - Wednesday 03 May 2006
The Government has been dealt a blow over the National Lottery Bill after Peers voted to remove its powers over the Big Lottery Fund.
- Charity test heralds an independent Scots regime - Wednesday 26 April 2006
Scotland's first independent regime of charity regulation came into force on Monday with the introduction of the Charity Test.
- Joint working for public service delivery - Monday 24 April 2006
The government is encouraging voluntary and community sector involvement in public service delivery and this involvement is growing, with 38% of the sector's income coming from public sector sources in 2003/04.
- Charities face a crisis as grants are delayed - Wednesday 12 April 2006
A number of charities have been plunged into financial crisis because the Department of Health is several months late in deciding the fate of their Section 64 grant applications.
- Local groups face battle for funds - Wednesday 12 April 2006
Grant aid is on the way out as councils throughout the UK opt for competitive tendering.
- Capacity Builders to review the future of the hubs - Thursday 06 April 2006
The six 'national hubs of expertise', part of the Government's £70m ChangeUp voluntary sector infrastructure programme, are to go through a complete review.
- Futurebuilders to advise public sector on provision of services - Wednesday 05 April 2006
Futurebuilders is to start telling public sector commissioners about the voluntary organisations best suited to deliver public services.
- Private and voluntary network to spearhead public service reform - Wednesday 05 April 2006
A new network of business, voluntary groups and consumer organisations is to be launched today in a bid to spearhead the government's next phase of public service reform.
- Gordon Brown announces wide-ranging review of third sector - Friday, 31 March
In his tenth, and possibly last, Budget speech to the House of Commons, Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown announced that the Treasury would be undertaking a review of the future role of the third sector in social and economic regeneration.
- Youth volunteering body to get £150m - Wednesday, 29 March
The new charity set up to implement the recommendations of the Russell Commission will have a budget of up to £150m, the Chancellor announced in his Budget.
- Campaign to define divide between Lottery and government spending - Thursday 16 March 2006
The need to draw a line between government spending and the distribution of National Lottery funds has been emphasised by a campaign to amend the National Lottery Bill, currently passing through Parliament.
- Charities are still getting a raw deal on contracts - Wednesday 15 March 2006
There needs to be "sustained pressure" to treat third-sector organisations bidding for public service contracts in the same way as private-sector bidders, Sir Peter Gershon said last week.
- Compact Plus will 'cause confusion' - Wednesday 15 March 2006
The introduction of Compact Plus is merely "reinventing the wheel" and will only create confusion among voluntary organisations, according to the NCVO.
- Lottery rival 'will be fairer to charity and the public' - Wednesday 15 March 2006
A weekly lottery set up to sell tickets on behalf of charities is aiming to become the main competitor to the National Lottery when it launches next month.
- New Boost for Volunteering: Home Office Launches £3 Million Strategy to Demolish Barriers - Thursday, 9 March 2006
A new Home Office programme to break down barriers to volunteering received a £3 million boost today.
- £115m Funds Will go Direct to Young People for the First Time - Wednesday, 8 March 2006
Young people from 13 to 19 will have responsibility for deciding how a £115m fund is spent, Children’s Minister Beverley Hughes announced today.
- National Youth Volunteering Service - Friday, 3 March 2006
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown MP, today chaired the first meeting between the cross-departmental Ministerial Group on Youth Volunteering and the key stakeholders in the Government’s national youth volunteering programme, including businesses and young people.
- Alun Michael unveils a new plan for spending structural funds in the UK - Tuesday 28 February 2006
A wide-ranging consultation to identify the top UK priorities for EU Structural Funds spending across the UK from 2007 to 2013 was launched today by Alun Michael, Minister of State for Industry and the Regions.
- Government offer 'green grants' (Northern Ireland) - Monday 27 February 2006
Details of a multi-million pound scheme to promote renewable energy in Northern Ireland have been announced. NI Secretary Peter Hain said almost £60m has been set aside for the scheme.
- 'Empowerment not abandonment' - Tuesday, February 21 2006
A speech by David Miliband at the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) Annual conference called 'Empowerment not abandonment' which covers the current relationship between the Voluntary Community Sector and Government.
- Government confirms £525 million to benefit communities - Thursday 16 February 2006
The Government today confirmed the allocation of £525 million Neighbourhood Renewal Funds for the majority of the areas who are serving their communities well and making a difference.
- Fundraising: Changes to rural grant structures - Wednesday, 15 February 2006
Groups that are planning to apply for a grant under one of the England Rural Development Programme's project-based schemes are being advised to contact their local Rural Development Service office as soon as possible to discuss their proposals.
- Survey finds widespread ignorance of ChangeUp - Wednesday, 15 February 2006
Nearly 70 per cent of people who responded to a recent survey either did not think the Government's ChangeUp programme would work or did not even know what it was.
- Negotiating a better deal for Public Sector Contracts - Tuesday 14 February 2006
We have a Government focused on the reform of public services which says that it wants the voluntary sector to play a greater role in their delivery.
- £17m Grant Boost for Voluntary Organisations - Friday, 10 February 2006
Children’s Minister Beverley Hughes today announced a £17 million grant boost for voluntary organisations working with children, young people and families.
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- BLF funds wider range of groups - Wednesday, February 01 2006
The Big Lottery Fund's fresh programme of grants will include smaller pots of money spread over a wider range of themes, according to its chairman, Sir Clive Booth.
- Charities march on Number 10 - Wednesday, 1 February 2006
The voluntary sector has never been in more demand from the state. Barely a white paper passes without a ministerial direction that charities should be key providers of public services.
- Government 'co-opting' voluntary sector's ideas - Wednesday, February 01 2006
The Government is taking over the ideas of the voluntary sector for its own purposes, according to Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the NCVO.
- Leading lights contribute to resource for charity accountants
Charities will soon be expected to prepare accounts in line with the Charities SORP 2005. To help charities meet these new requirements, the Charity Commission today publishes a package of guidance material to help charities of all sizes prepare their accounts and trustee reports. A new co-ordinated webpage also provides direct links to the accounts of leading charities who adopted SORP 2005 early, providing practical examples and illustration.
- PM to work with sector on public service plan - Wednesday, February 01 2006
Tony Blair has pledged to work with the voluntary sector on "an action plan for change" over the sector's delivery of public services. The commitment came before a meeting between the Prime Minister and a delegation from chief executives body Acevo this week.
- DEFRA announce renewal of grants to support sustainable living - Thursday, 26 January 2006
Environment Minister Elliot Morley has today confirmed over £2 million pounds' worth of funding to support projects looking at sustainable living.
- Futurebuilders hits a century of loans and grants - Wednesday 25 january 2006
More than 100 voluntary organisations have now received funding from the sector finance body Futurebuilders.
- Lottery £1.5m promotes voices and choices of young people - Thursday, 19 January 2006
Projects that promote the voices of children and young people, ensuring they are involved in all matters that affect their lives, are set to share in more than £1.5 million from the Big Lottery Fund.
- Bain to lead 20-strong board assessing ChangeUp - Wednesday, 18th January 2006
Cafod director Chris Bain has been appointed to chair the group that will advise Capacity Builders on whether ChangeUp is meeting the sector's infrastructure needs. The Infrastructure National Partnership (INP) was proposed as part of the ChangeUp framework, published in June 2004.
- Move from grants could lead to 'massive' VAT bills - Wednesday, 18th January 2006
Charities face a VAT 'timebomb' because local authorities are switching from grants to service level agreements, a sector expert has said.
- Acevo members sceptical about full cost targets - Wednesday, 11 January 2006
Sector leaders do not believe the Government will meet its April 2006 target for ensuring that all statutory funders adopt full cost recovery, according to a survey by Acevo.
- Fundraising: Deadline looming for Gift Aid claims - Wednesday, 11 January 2006
Time is running out for the collection of Gift Aid claims backdated to 2000.
- Infrastructure: The hub of the matter - Wednesday, 11 January 2006
The six national 'hubs' intended to help the sector improve its infrastructure are finally getting under way. Here Stephen Lee tells the story so far, Nick Aldridge looks at what might have been and Jenny Harrow examines future challenges. On the following pages we profile the six different hubs.
- £146,000 for parish planning in the East of England, local communities encouraged to apply now for funding - Monday, 9 January 2006
Defra has made a further £146,000 available to local communities in the East of England to give people more control over their own affairs and get their voices heard by decision makers.
- CRUK calls for unclaimed assets register to protect legacy donations - Wednesday, 21 December 2005
Cancer Research UK is asking the Government to develop a publicly accessible national register of unclaimed assets to make sure the millions of pounds lying in dormant bank accounts are released to the rightful beneficiaries.
- Defra launches 'Community Halls for Rural People' online - Monday, 19 December 2005
Defra today launched an information hub 'Community Halls for Rural People' on its Rural Affairs website.
- Home Office launches National Infrastructure Modernisation Fund - Friday, 16 December 2005
Through the ChangeUp programme, the Home Office is seeking bids from existing national infrastructure organisations who wish to work together to undertake innovative short-term projects to modernise their infrastructure, rationalise their services or reconfigure their practises and assets.
- Biodiversity grant scheme launched - Thursday, 15 December 2005
Today (Thursday 15 December 2005) Dr. Andy Brown, English Nature's Chief Executive, launched the new Countdown 2010 Biodiversity Action Fund during the The World Conservation Union (IUCN) UK committee meeting in York.
- Treasury vows to 'make a reality' of the Compact - Wednesday, 14 December 2005
The Treasury has promised to make "a reality of the rhetoric" of the Compact by asking local authorities to volunteer to implement its principles in full.
- Guidestar goes public - Monday 12 December 2005
A lack of information means UK charities are missing out on donations of time and money according to research by charity information website, GuideStar UK, which launched 12 December.
- Brown gives £50m for 'national community service' - Wednesday, 7th December 2005
The Government is to invest up to £100m in the next three years to attract one million new young volunteers, including £50m core funding to be used to start up a new youth volunteering charity.
- Citra strikes new deal with Microsoft to improve sector IT use - Wednesday, 7th December 2005
Citra, the coalition that was caught up in the dispute with the ICT Consortium over running the £4m ICT hub, has struck up a partnership with Microsoft.
- Deprived areas can bank on help at last - Wednesday, 7th December 2005
The chancellor's announcement in this week's pre-budget report that he will sweep up money languishing in dormant UK bank accounts to invest in youth services, particularly in deprived communities, should be welcomed, albeit cautiously.
- Digital Challenge - £9 million announced to drive ICT Innovation - Wednesday, 7 December 2005:
The 'Digital Challenge' - providing the opportunity to create a world class exemplar of a wired up community - was launched today by Minister for Local E-Government Jim Fitzpatrick. The challenge is to use technology to transform the face of services, including local and central government services, to better meet the needs of local communities, including the most disadvantaged.
- Government 'committed' to Compact - Wednesday, 7th December 2005
An independent Compact commissioner is to be created, writes Nathalie Thomas.
- Charities 'have key neighbourhood role' - Thursday, 1st December
The voluntary sector has a key role in the government's plans to improve neighbourhoods, local government minister Phil Woolas told charity chief executives at a conference in London today.
- Community enterprise boosted by £4m Home Office funding - Wednesday, 30th November
The Home Office has made £4m available to enable community organisations to let out workspaces for start-up social enterprises.
- Funding stream is ‘too complex’ - Wednesday, 30th November
Defra's Rural Social and Community funding programme for rural voluntary and community organisations is complex and the timescale could prevent some from applying, according to the NCVO.
- Jupp selected as Kohli successor - Wednesday, 30th November
The Home Office has named Ben Jupp as the new director of the Active Communities Directorate.
- Big Lottery Fund 'eager to fund social enterprise' - Wednesday 23, November 2005
The Big Lottery Fund is keen to support social enterprise as well as charities and is likely to make loans as well as grants under its new programmes, its chief executive said last week.
- Charity information site ready for public launch - Wednesday 23, November 2005
GuideStar UK, a website that provides information on all of Britain's registered charities, has finally gone live after nearly three years in the pipeline.
- Key appointments for funding organisation - Wednesday 23, November 2005
Former minister Chris Pond and Simon Hebditch, director of external affairs at the Charities Aid Foundation, have been appointed as chair and chief executive respectively of Capacity Builders, the new agency for funding voluntary sector infrastructure.
- Local projects will benefit from £100m community programme - Wednesday 23, November 2005
Reaching Communities, the Big Lottery Fund's 'demand-led' programme for local community projects, to be launched next month, will total £100m in its first year.
- 17/11/05 A Gold Standard for Volunteering: £5 Million Programme to Encourage Good Practice
Volunteering, Mentoring and Befriending projects received a boost today with the launch of a new flagship programme announced by Home Office Minister Paul Goggins.
- 16/11/05 - Capacity Builders board and Chief Executive appointed
The new team to run Capacity Builders, the agency charged with fund managing the £150 million ChangeUp programme, was announced today by the Home Secretary, Charles Clarke.
- Hub challenges critics to bid for ICT website work - Wednesday, 16 November 2005
The ICT hub has hit back at claims that its planned website is too expensive and invited critics to bid for some of the work of building the site.
- Minister hints at feelgood factors - Wednesday, 16 November 2005
When Patricia Hewitt, the health secretary, argues for more competition in health and social services in England, she insists that she is not just talking about privatisation. The voluntary sector should have a share of the action.
- Schools given money to kick-start fundraising drive - Tuesday, 15 November 2005
Secondary schools in England are to be given £500 each to start charity bank accounts, which ministers hope will promote a culture of giving among young people.
- TV vote on lottery funds 'unfair' - Wednesday November 09, 2005
Some of the first winners of the People's Millions have criticised the process for favouring more established or telegenic organisations.
- Use of technology cash brings out more critics - Wednesday November 09, 2005
Criticism has begun to surface of the way the ICT hub is spending the ChangeUp money awarded to it by the Home Office to improve the sector's use of technology.
- Lottery licence goes up for grabs - Tuesday November 8, 2005
The national lottery regulator will today launch the competition for the licence to run the sweepstake for a 10-year period that includes the 2012 London Olympics.
- Russell Commission Small Grants Round Launched
On Friday 4th November Ian Russell announced a £600,000 grants round to fund preparatory work that will lay the foundations for the work of the new Russell Commission Implementation Body. The grant round aims to fund projects in two key areas:
- Big Lottery Fund to give £50m in community buildings grants - Wednesday, 02 November 2005
Community buildings such as village halls are to benefit from a new £50m programme from the Big Lottery Fund.
- 'I don't feel in any way inhibited in campaigning'
In 1998 a Compact was signed between the government and the voluntary sector to clarify the rules of engagement in delivering public services.
- Plus points for Compact - Wednesday, 02 November 2005
Is the only way to ensure the public sector stops cutting off voluntary groups' funding at short notice, or refusing to pay the full costs of delivering a service, to judge such behaviour in star rating inspections? Yes, says Lord Adebowale, the chief executive of social care charity Turning Point.
- Task force urges cuts to bureaucratic burden - Wednesday, 02 November 2005
An ambitious proposal to sweep away unnecessary bureaucracy in the voluntary sector was published by the Government's Better Regulation Task Force yesterday.
- New funding round to help raise national VCS voice - Monday, 31 October 2005
Charities Minister, Paul Goggins, has announced that voluntary organisations with a “proven track record” will be given the opportunity to apply for unrestricted grants, and represent the voluntary and community sector at a national level, under the Home Office Active Communities Unit’s latest strategic funding round.
- Last chance for charities to preview GuideStar UK before the public launch - Thursday 27th October 2005
The GuideStar UK preview for charities is drawing to a close. Over the last 5 weeks, nearly 17,000 charities have taken up the opportunity to log in to their entirs on the website - www.guidestar.org.uk - and this number is increasing by more than 250 every day.
- Blair's public service crusade - Tuesday 25 October 2005
Tony Blair is using his final years in government to rush through a radical transformation of the role of the state right across the public sector.
- Financial Inclusion Fund - Help seminars for bidders
The DTI has organised seminars to help potential bidders for the £45m face-to-face debt advice project that saw its bidding round launched on 20th September. (Please see updated details)
- £6m per year for race equality and community cohesion - Wednesday 19 October 2005
The Home Office has announced details of a new grant programme worth £6 million per year.
- Free criminal checks are saved by Compact code
Free criminal record checks for volunteers have been saved by tough negotiations to agree a new Volunteering Compact Code of Good Practice, unveiled at the European Volunteering Assembly in Wolverhampton last week.
- Lords reject plan to take school fees into account
The House of Lords defeat of an amendment to the Charities Bill on public benefit has offered private schools the opportunity to shelter behind "extremely unsatisfactory" case law, according to its proposer, Lord Phillips of Sudbury.
- Charities leader angry over stalled lottery funding
The charity chief executives' leader has reacted with anger to a revelation that the distributors of the national lottery are allowing £2.4bn intended for good causes to accrue in the bank.
- Charities gain bigger role in providing care
The government will move to reclaim the political initiative from critics of its NHS reforms this week by announcing a major expansion of the role of charitable groups in providing Britain's health and social care.
- Young people turn their lives around with lottery millions
The Big Lottery Fund is helping young people to face their problems and change their lives with the announcement of a multi-million pound grant to Fairbridge, a national charity that offers young people long-term support and challenging activities in 14 of the most disadvantaged areas across England.
- Transparency 'could hurt public confidence levels'
The Charity Commission has warned that confidence in charities could fall as the public finds out more about them.
- Compact in Europe
Richard Bennett, chair of MakePovertyHistory and chief executive of BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development) called for a Compact-Style agreement to be implemented across Europe.
- Compact Plus
A meeting at the Home Office in September raised questions regarding the jurisdiction, local/national divide and future architecture of the Compact.
- Charities 'risk losing the fire in their belly'
Fears that the independence of charities is being undermined by government funding are soon to be discussed at a meeting of the executive committee of the Association of Charitable Foundations.
- Welsh sector gets five-year funding
County voluntary councils and volunteer bureaux in Wales have been guaranteed five-year core funding from the Welsh Assembly government in a historic new deal.
- Happy days.....but a rosy future?
Things are looking pretty good for the voluntary sector. Indeed, Stuart Etherington, the chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), thinks that it is "possibly the most favourable environment for many years".
- Sector to play key role in 'Sure Start for the elderly'
Voluntary organisations will play a major role in a 'Sure Start' programme for older people, to be piloted by the Government next year.
- Service delivery could depend on ‘star rating’
Acevo's vision of a radical expansion of voluntary sector public service delivery took a new twist last week after it was revealed that the Government is considering a star-rating system to differentiate between providers.
- £3m to tackle ethnic minority homelessness
A £3 million fund to help local authorities tackle homelessness within ethnic minority groups was announced today by Housing Minister Yvette Cooper.
- DEBT ADVICE BOOST
Consumer Minister Gerry Sutcliffe gave a boost to free debt advice today, opening new premises for National Debtline, and calling on organisations to bid for a share of £45million to fund free, face-to-face debt advice.
- 14/09/05 - Poverty research gets £13m kitty
A joint-funding scheme to alleviate poverty, worth £13m, has been set up by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Department for International Development.
- The Lottery's great expectations
It's tough being the Big Lottery Fund (BLF). You ought to be cherished, because you spend mountains of cash on good causes, all for the benefit of the community, but what happens?
- 02/09/05 - Big Lottery fund award allows CAP to go local
The Compact Advocacy Programme (CAP) has said it is now able to expand to work with local community and voluntary organisations, having received an award of £370,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
- 31/08/05 - Competition for hub ends with £4m grant to ICT grouping
The Home Office has finally confirmed the destination of the funding for the controversial ICT hub, awarding all £4m to the NCVO-led ICT Consortium.
- 31/08/05 - GuideStar near launch as CharityFacts eyes a link
GuideStar UK is this week sending out passwords to the 167,000 organisations that will appear on the website. The passwords will allow the organisations to view, edit and update their existing entries before the information portal becomes available for public use next month.
- 31/08/05 - Talks on lottery ‘break Compact’
The consultation period for the Big Lottery Fund policy framework contravenes the Compact, according to the NCVO.
- 17/08/05 - Lottery Fund provides £100 million more in grants
The Big Lottery Fund is making an extra £100m available to charities that applied for the final round of Community Fund grants, a 50 per cent increase on the £200m originally announced.
- 17/08/05 - Ministers have no power to rule on Lottery grants
Lottery minister Richard Caborn has given an assurance that ministers will not have the power to overturn grants to voluntary organisations when the Lottery Bill becomes law.
- 09/08/05 - Government promises no Big Lottery Fund interference
In a letter to Acevo, Minister for Sport, Richard Caborn, has stated that government will not determine Big Lottery Fund programmes, or intervene in individual grants.
- 05/08/05 - Communities receive ash boost to tackle gun crime
Communities working to tackle gun and knife crime are to receive a quarter of a million pounds, Home Office Minister Fiona Mactaggart announced today.
- 20/07/05 - Hubs 'may not be best use of cash'
Directory of Social Change founder Luke FitzHerbert has questioned whether funnelling hundreds of millions of pounds into the sector through infrastructure groups is the best use of the money.
- 13/07/05 - Charities count cost of Lottery giving holiday
Charities that rely on lottery money are facing a funding hiatus of several months while the Big Lottery Fund finalises its new grants programmes.
- 29/06/05 - Government bodies slow to hit cost recovery aims
Government funders have made limited progress on full cost recovery since the Treasury cross-cutting review recommended it in 2002, a National Audit Office report warns.
- Working with the Third Sector
Sir John Bourn, head of the National Audit Office (NAO), reported today that substantial improvements are needed in the way government departments provide funding to Third Sector Organisations (TSOs) to deliver public services.
- 24/06/05 - 'Lottery Bill must include additionality definition'
The Liberal Democrats are to push for a definition of additionality to be enshrined in the National Lottery Bill.
- 15/06/05 - Citra could be in the hub after consortium talks
Citra may yet be involved in delivering part of the Home Office's ICT hub programme, after its meeting with the ICT Consortium last month appeared to make progress.
- 15/06/05 - Lottery attacked as stealth tax
Planned changes to the National Lottery risk turning the draw into a "stealth tax" used to plug gaps in public spending, the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties said yesterday.
- 09/06/05 - Governance hub gets Home Office approval
The Governance Hub has been given the official go-ahead after receiving a letter and formal offer of a grant from the Home Office Active Communities Directorate.
- 01/06/05 - Lottery Bill provokes a mixed reaction
Despite the promises of public involvement, funding concerns remain.
- 27/04/05 - Compact 'fails to make its case to state funders'
Compact Plus, the Home Office's latest attempt to improve state funding to voluntary sector organisations, is commendable but for one crucial omission, according to chief executives body Acevo.
- 12/04/05 - Charity accuses lottery fund of confused priorities
A children's nutrition charity was refused funding by the National Lottery, it emerged today, even though the lottery is now subsidising the government's drive to improve school meals.
- 06/04/05 - Hub to offer free IT advice to all
A free helpline, a bursary scheme and £1m worth of volunteer IT support will be key parts of the ICT Consortium's plans for the ICT national hub.
- 30/03/05 - Big Lottery Fund Confirms New Funding Programmes for England
The Big Lottery Fund is announcing today (Wednesday) the first wave of funding within its new framework to deliver new funding programmes for 2005 - 2009, the first of which will be introduced later this year.
- 30/03/05 - In the public interest
Stephen Dunmore today unveils plans to distribute £2.4bn of lottery cash. It is time money for good causes is spread more fairly and widely, he tells Alison Benjamin.
- 23/03/05 - Compact gets a makeover
It may appear premature to launch a new, souped-up version of a government initiative before many organisation have got to grips with the original, but the voluntary sector is to get a Compact Plus.
- 22/03/05 - £500M included in new Local Area Agreements
A radical new approach to service delivery takes a leap forward today as twenty pilot Local Area Agreements (LAAs) are signed on behalf of the Government by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.
- 02/03/05 - Minister receives hub ultimatum
The voluntary sector umbrella bodies leading the ChangeUp hubs have issued an ultimatum to charities minister Fiona Mactaggart that they will not establish the hubs unless funding is guaranteed beyond one year.
- 09/02/05 - Survey slams statutory funders
Government funders are getting worse at paying charities' full costs for contracted services, according to an Acevo survey.
- 31/01/05 - Fiona Mactaggart Welcomes Big Lottery Fund Commitment to Support Voluntary and Community Sector
The Government today welcomed the Big Lottery Fund's commitment to support effective funding for the voluntary and community sector.
- 19/01/05 - Lottery transition policy 'crass'
Lottery funding will be reduced to a trickle for an indefinite period after the Community Fund closes for applications on 31 May.
- 11/01/05 - Charities fear drop in lottery grants to 'unpopular' causes
Voluntary sector leaders today warned that charities working with asylum seekers and refugees will stop receiving lottery cash after the new lottery distributor announced a change in the way it awards grants.