Empowerment Fund recipients named

Government announces the 21 charities to receive grants from the £9.25m fund

The 21 charities that will receive grants from the Communities and Local Government department's £9.25m Empowerment Fund have been announced.

The fund provides three-year grants of £250,000 and £500,000 to third sector organisations that deliver on the themes set out in last year's white paper, Communities in Control: Real People, Real Power.

Increased in value from £7.5m earlier this year, the fund supports national charities that work in community development, social media, social entrepreneurship and community involvement.

Local umbrella body Bassac, Oxfam, the Media Trust and the Centre for Sustainable Energy are among the charities that will receive grants from the fund, which was announced by the Government in July last year. More than 150 applications were received.

In September, after receiving a petition from more than 50 charities, the CLG dropped plans to allow only charities with annual incomes of at least £400,000 to apply to the fund. It said instead that the fund would contribute no more than 50 per cent of an organisation's income in any one year.

The full list of recipients:

  • Action for Market Towns
  • Bassac
  • Carnegie UK Trust
  • Centre for Sustainable Energy
  • Community Matters
  • Environmental Law Foundation
  • Housing Associations' Charitable Trust
  • Media Trust
  • Novas Scarman Group
  • Operation Black Vote
  • Oxfam
  • Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
  • School for Social Entrepreneurs
  • Sheila McKechnie Foundation
  • Social Firms UK
  • Tenant Participation Advisory Service
  • Urban Forum
  • Workers' Educational Association
  • Young Foundation
  • YWCA


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