Volunteer centres across the UK can apply for grants from a £3m fund introduced by the Home Office last week.
The grants are designed to increase the capacity of local volunteer centre networks to respond to additional activity in the Year of the Volunteer.
The money will be distributed through Volunteering England, which began taking online applications on Monday. Volunteer centres operating across more than one region can apply for a maximum of £70,000. Smaller, district level centres can apply for £30,000.
Christopher Spence, chief executive of Volunteering England, said: "This support provides vital resources to enable the network to deliver next year's objectives."
The Home Office has also announced funding of £1m to promote volunteering through the Media Trust.