Capacitybuilders announces £30m in grants

Capacitybuilders has announced it will give £30m of grant funding to the sector's local and regional infrastructure through the ChangeUp infrastructure programme over the next three years.

The cash from the Investing in the Strategic Change programme will be spent from April 2008 on developing and modernising local and regional infrastructure.

Of the £30m, £12m will go to local and regional consortia and £18m will form a “modernisation project fund”.

The fund will “help achieve a step change in the way third sector support services are delivered locally and regionally”, according to a statement from Capacitybuilders. A limited number of projects will be supported in each region.

The themes were drawn up following feedback from the organisation’s Destination 2014 consultation and an external assessment of the consortium model, both of which were carried out earlier this year.

“Tightening of resources has meant a thorough review of what can be achieved,” the statement said.

“With the new three-year consortium development grants, Capacitybuilders is making a renewed commitment to build on the successes to date and support a strategic role for consortia, in particular to make links with local public sector decision-makers.”

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