Community Fund's report sheds light on grant allocation

The Community Fund's newly released annual report includes for the first time a section on how it is governed.

The fund, criticised in recent months for its awards to asylum and refugee groups, explains how its grant-making decisions are made by regional committees with members drawn from the voluntary sector, academia, finance and business, grant-making and the criminal justice system.

"We are democratically accountable and independent in our grant-making," the report states. "Our grant-making committee structure and our openness give stakeholders an opportunity to scrutinise the way in which we distribute lottery funds."

The report also details the allocation of grants. People in areas disadvantaged by social and economic change received £164 million, disabled people received £66 million, asylum seekers and refugees were awarded £20 million while victims of crime got £5.5 million.

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