Campaigning grants for small charities

Government offers a total of £750,000 for charities working with vulnerable people

The Government is to give out grants worth £750,000 to up to 30 small charities and community organisations for campaigning work.

In a statement, the Cabinet Office said the fund would be administered by sector infrastructure organisation Capacitybuilders and would offer grants over a period of two years. It will open for applications later this spring.

Cabinet Office minister Liam Byrne said: "Our charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises have never had a stronger voice - and we want them speak up even more.

"This programme will help charities working with some of the most vulnerable people in society to make their voice heard. It will help develop the most innovative approaches, and will benefit the whole sector."

Speaking on the Today programme on Radio 4, Byrne said: "We are calling for ideas from those organisations representing people who don't get heard in mainstream political debate - smaller charities working perhaps with people with learning disabilities or with disaffected young people."

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