Government plans to set up a website that lists funding opportunities for voluntary groups have been criticised by organisations that already run such sites.
The Office of the Third Sector is about to award a three-year contract, believed to be to the NCVO, to establish what it calls a third sector funding gateway (3 February, page 1).
The plan has been criticised as "wasteful duplication" by the Directory of Social of Change, which runs the OTS-funded www.governmentfunding.org.uk.
The OTS said the new free site would reduce costs for organisations seeking new funding sources.
Gary Wiltshire, director of www.fundinginformation.org, said he was opposed to the move. "It creates a public sector competitor in an existing market," he said.
Howard Lake, publisher of www.fundraising.co.uk, said: "I'm concerned about a big government-funded site competing with other sites."