Service providers expected to raise £10m towards community organisers programme

Tender documents indicate the government will provide £2m to start up its community organisers programme, with those delivering the service expected to raise further funds

Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office

The government is intending to provide £2m in start-up funding for its new community organisers programme and will expect the organisations delivering the programme to raise about £10m in order for it to continue.

Under the programme, the government intends to train 800 new community organisers by 2012. They  will be responsible for supporting and encouraging voluntary action in their local areas.

A source close to the community organisers programme, who asked not to be named, said the funding details were in a tender document that had been given to charities intending to bid to recruit and train the community organisers. The full version of the document is not available to the public.

The source said charities had been told at a meeting that the government would not provide all of the funding for the scheme. Organisations recruiting and training the organisers would have to find other sources of funding, they were told.

A spokesman for the Office for Civil Society said he was unable to provide details of the scheme because they had not yet been finalised.

The OCS is due to announce the national partner responsible for managing the scheme later this month. More groups will be appointed to train the community organisers in March.

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