The Cabinet Office has launched the Local Sustainability Fund more than a year after it was proposed.
The £20m fund, originally expected to be £40m, will provide grants to about 250 organisations. The Cabinet Office said that the fund, to be delivered by the Big Lottery Fund, would provide grants to enable recipients to implement organisational changes and access professional advice.
The funding will be given over two years and will be available to organisations that support vulnerable and disadvantaged people.
When Nick Hurd, then the Minister for Civil Society, announced the fund last year, he told Third Sector that he expected it to be worth about £40m.
In May 2014, the Cabinet Office carried out a 12-week consultation about the fund, but the launch was continually delayed. The delay was criticised by some sector umbrella bodies.