England-wide funding advice network suggested

A funding advice national network for England should be established as a project to be run by an existing third sector infrastructure organisation, according to a new report.

The feasibility study, which was commissioned by the Finance Hub, argues that the network should complement existing services rather than compete with them and be funded by membership fees, service chargers and grants.

Funding advisers help third sector organisations find funding for projects or complete application forms. Many work for councils for voluntary service; others are employed by local authorities.

The study includes detailed responses from more than 250 advisers. A business plan for the network will now be established and funding applications made. A launch is expected this year.

Fit4Funding, the lead body in the partnership to establish the network, said the aim was for the provision of funding advice to become an established profession with the sector.

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