Fundraising News: Government invites grant applications for urban initiatives

The Government is calling for applications from community and voluntary organisations to its £2.25m Special Grants Programmes for 2005/6, which supports work to improve urban environments.

Phil Hope, green minister at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, said local groups were frequently the driving force in creating safer and greener communities.

“This new round of the Special Grants Programme will support innovative programmes of work that are improving the quality of life in towns and cities and sharing evidence of what works,” he said.

The Special Grants Programmes fund initiatives such as community groups working to improve green spaces; creating ‘zero carbon and zero waste’ communities; and encouraging faith organisations to take part in neighbourhood renewal.

Some of the money will go towards programmes currently supported by special grants. The ODPM expects to support 20 new programmes in the coming year.

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