Charity Finance Group programme will help small charities with finances

Its Small Charities Programme will run from January to August next year and has been backed by £135,000 from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Finance: help from the CFG
Finance: help from the CFG

The Charity Finance Group has launched a new programme to help small charities improve their finances.

As part of the CFG’s Small Charities Programme, which will run from January to August 2017 and has been supported by a £135,000 grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the group will offer charities subsidised training on subjects such as managing budgets and tax.

The programme will consist of half-day training modules covering five themes in a variety of locations across England.

Up to 1,000 places will be available on the courses for charities with annual incomes of less than £1m, with fees used to fund travel bursaries to help small charities attend, the CFG said.

Each session costs £20 per person, with bursaries of up to £100 per person available to cover travel costs.

The programme will also support community accounting services, including a number of round-table sessions on how to support these services and advice and surgeries for community accountants.

A new website has been launched to allow charities to book training sessions. It will also collect and link to a number of tools and resources for small charities.

The Small Charities Coalition and the local infrastructure body Navca will partner with the CFG to deliver the programme.

Nick Faraday, manager of the Small Charities Programme, said: "This is an exciting opportunity to help small charities, the lifeblood of our sector, and comes at an important time.

"Small charities are grappling with significant financial challenges because of a combination of increased demand and funding pressures. However, they often can’t afford to get access to financial training and support. They can also find it difficult to access the resources they need to manage their finances effectively.

"Our hope is that this programme will boost the financial capabilities of small charities and enable them to manage change."

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