It was announced last week that Birmingham, Liverpool, Durham and Hull will be amongst the beneficiaries of the Government’s £15.5 million Targeted Support Fund.
The Fund, intended to help third sector organisations combat the hard-hitting effects of the recession, has been shared out between 50 areas in England, chosen specifically because they are most at risk of increased deprivation.
The one-year programme will be administered by the Community Development Foundation but applications will be assessed at a local level by local funders. Grants will pin-point ‘recession-focused’ areas of work, including:
- Housing, debt, finance and legal problems.
- Employment training.
- Services related to mental health, relationship breakdown, counselling, domestic violence and substance misuse.
It is anticipated the application process will open at the end of April or the beginning of May.
Source: Office of the Third Sector
This week Cabinet Minister Nick Byrne announced a funding pot of more than £750,000 for small local charities and voluntary organisations that work with vulnerable members of society and carry out campaigning initiatives.
The programme, which will be administered by third sector infrastructure body Capacitybuilders, will provide grants to up to 30 organisations over a period of two years.
The aim of this cash injection is to encourage small, locally-based groups that represent the most vulnerable people in society to make their voices heard. Capacitybuilders are particularly keen to hear from organisations that work with people with disabilities and disadvantaged young people and have an innovative approach.
It is anticipated the grants programme will open to applications later this Spring.
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Source: Third Sector
Charities and voluntary and community groups hard-hit by the recession must think about merging or collaborating with other organisations, according to Charity Commission chief executive, Andrew Hind.
Despite most Third Sector groups currently struggling to weather the economic storm, a recent Charity Commission report has found that only 3% have considered teaming up with other similar charitable organisations.
In response to these worrying findings, the Charity Commission is proposing to offer merger advice and resources in the coming months.
The Commission chief executive, Andrew Hind, has also urged charities and voluntary groups to take more important measures to ensure their survival. He claimed making the best use of their existing resources and installing sound governance procedures were essential steps for any charitable organisation in the current climate. He also suggested cutting away any secondary activity not entirely relevant to charitable pursuits and encouraged groups to think about the positive opportunities a recession might throw up, such as more volunteers.
Source: Charity Commission