Umbrella bodies prominent in strategic partners funding

Institute of Fundraising, Acevo, NCVO and Navca among 17 organisations to receive funds before the programme is abolished

Office for Civil Society
Office for Civil Society

Sector umbrella bodies the Institute of Fundraising, Acevo, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Navca are among the 17 charities that will continue to receive funds from the Office for Civil Society’s strategic partnership programme until it is abolished in 2014.

The nine successful bids, which will receive a total of £8.2m from the programme over the next three years, were announced by the OCS this morning. Twelve organisations will receive funding as part of partnerships with others and five bid alone.

The fund, set up in 2005, provides support to voluntary sector groups so that they can represent the sector’s interests at a national level.

All successful bidders will receive three-quarters of the 2011/12 figure in 2012/13, and half of it in 2013/14, when the programme will close.

Volunteering England and the NCVO will be the only two charities to receive £500,000 from the fund in 2011/12, the maximum amount allowed under rules set for the funding last year. Volunteering England received £1.6m from the fund in 2010/11 and the NCVO received just over £1m.

A statement from the NCVO said the bid included a memorandum of understanding with Volunteering England that covered proposals for joint events, sharing resources, collaboration in research and an agreement to explore the sharing of back-office services.

It said the NCVO also had a memorandum of understanding with the chief executives body Acevo, which included a commitment to working together on future events.

The Social Enterprise Coalition, in partnership with Co-operatives UK, will receive £499,199 from the fund in 2011/12. Last year, the SEC received £534,000 from the fund and Co-operatives UK received £103,000.

Locality, the charity formed from the merger of the Development Trusts Association and Bassac, will receive £496,570. In 2010/11, Bassac received £155,006 and the DTA received £145,624.

Acevo bid for the funding in partnership with the Euclid Network and New Philanthropy Capital, neither of which were strategic partners last year. The partnership will receive £415,000 from the fund in 2011/12, almost twice as much as the £210,125 that Acevo received from it alone in 2010/11.

The Institute of Fundraising will receive £275,000, an increase on its £269,300 in 2010/11.

A statement from the institute said it would use the funds to carry out research that would help fundraisers to develop strategies, provide low-cost training for small charities and set up an "online platform" for its codes of practice.

A new group called the Social Entrepreneurship Partnership, whose members are the School for Social Entrepreneurs, UnLtd, Can, the Plunkett Foundation and Social Firms UK, will receive £315,000. In 2010/11, UnLtd was not a strategic partner but the four other groups received £386,711 in total.

The Community Foundation Network, in partnership with the Association of Charitable Foundations, will receive £330,000. In 2010/11 the Community Foundation Network received £210,100 and the Association of Charitable Foundations got £126,000.

Navca will receive £345,070, a reduction from the £424,753 it received in 2010/11.

Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, said: "We have had to reduce the number of strategic partners, not least to focus resource on front-line services. However, this is a good mix of partners that will represent the sector well."

The successful bidders are:

- Acevo in partnership with Euclid Network and New Philanthropy Capital £415,000

- Community Foundation Network in partnership with Association of Charitable Foundations £330,000

- Institute of Fundraising  £275,000

- Locality £496,570

- Navca £345,070

- NCVO £500,000

- Social Entrepreneurship Partnership £315,000

- Social Enterprise Coalition in partnership with Co-operatives UK £499,199

- Volunteering England £500,000.

Forty-two organisations received £12.2m from the fund in 2010/11. Those that will no longer receive funding from the programme and the amounts they received in 2010/11:

- CSV £1,103,800  

- Mentoring and Befriending Foundation £1,050,600  

- TimeBank £525,300  

- Youthnet UK £484,600  

- BTCV £331,200  

- National Youth Agency £323,100  

- East of England Black and Minority Ethnic Network (Menter) £275,953  

- Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations £275,953  

- Community Matters £261,603  

- Community Development Exchange £252,602  

- National Council for Voluntary Youth Services £242,143  

- Action with Communities in Rural England £210,125  

- Citizenship Foundation £210,100  

- Women's Resource Centre £196,993  

- Youth Action Network £157,600  

- Charities Evaluation Services £154,812  

- Foyer Federation £118,195  

- Urban Forum £96,132  

- British Youth Council £94,600  

- Consortium of LGB&T VCOs £94,556  

- Charity Trustee Networks £94,556  

- Church Urban Fund £90,538  

- Social Enterprise London £90,000  

- Third Sector European Network £84,313

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