FINANCE NEWS: Sustainable project grows after cash boost

NCVO's sustainable funding project, which aims to help voluntary organisations earn independent income, is to expand its work following a £380,000 grant from the Community Fund.

The three-year grant from the fund's strategic grants programme is boosted by £150,000 from Centrica and a renewal of the project's partnership with Charity Bank.

The project plans to promote awareness-raising among local voluntary sector infrastructure bodies such as councils for voluntary service and to encourage funders to help organisations to take practical steps towards income generation.

Project manager Nick Wilkie said: "We are delighted to be able to expand the range of services the project provides to voluntary and community organisations, and develop new work with local infrastructure agencies, funders and policy makers to embed our work in the sector over the long term."

There are plans to launch a pilot in south-west England, taking a small cohort of voluntary organisations and working with them to help them move from grant dependency to income generation.

The programme, undertaken in partnership with regional sector umbrella body South West Forum, will be replicated in other English regions if it proves successful.

The project will also encourage councils for voluntary service in the north-west to run their own awareness-raising programmes for voluntary organisations on sustainable funding.

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