Local government funding to the voluntary sector in Wales has risen dramatically over the past two years, according to new research.
The country's 22 local authorities provided funding worth £125m to Welsh charities and voluntary organisations in 2003/4, or £42 per head of population.
In 2001/2, the figure was much lower, at £68m. This equates to only £23 per head of population.
Although researchers say that part of the increase can be attributed to undercounting in 2001/2, there has still been a large rise, in real terms, in the levels of support.
Tom Jones, chairman of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, said: "Local government remains the primary long-term source of funding for many local voluntary groups. Funding in Wales is now at a level comparable with Scotland and England."
- In 2003/4, Welsh charities received £125m in funding from local councils
- In 2001/2, this figure was £68m
- Funding is made through grants and commissioned services
- £24m in rates relief also goes to voluntary organisations.