Capacitybuilders tells grant holders to review their work

Infrastructure organisation calls for charities to show they are meeting 'changing needs' caused by recession

All organisations funded by Capacitybuilders have been ordered to review their activities in light of the recession.

The non-departmental public body, which was set up to improve the voluntary sector's infrastructure, revealed this week that it had asked grant holders to submit plans showing how their future work would meet "the changing needs of the sector and communities".

Capacitybuilders said it was making an extra £1m available to local support organisations for schemes to help front-line charities survive the recession.

In a statement, Matt Leach, chief executive of Capacitybuilders, said: "We will work with partners delivering programmes to ensure that they adapt to help third sector organisations provide the best possible support to communities throughout the recession."

A Capacitybuilders spokeswoman said it was working "to align our plans" with the Government's third sector action plan, which this week pledged £42.5m to help the sector cope with the economic downturn.

She added that the £1m would be distributed to organisations already funded by Capacitybuilders and had been found from uncommitted funds in the organisation's budget this year.

The organisation has allocated an additional £300,000 on projects put forward by its national support services, which provide support to front-line organisations in nine different areas of work. The projects include merger advice and help for people made redundant to find jobs in the third sector.

Capacitybuilders manages the Government's ChangeUp programme, a 10-year scheme to improve the voluntary sector's infrastructure by 2014.

A National Audit Office report published last week said ChangeUp was wasteful, badly planned and had not focused sufficiently on outcomes.

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