DCMS offers £600,000 to grow place-based giving schemes

Its Growing Place-based Giving fund will give six schemes £100,000 each over two years

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has launched a £600,000 fund to help expand place-based giving schemes.

The fund, which is called Growing Place-based Giving, will make £100,000 available over two years, 2018/19 and 2019/20, for six early-stage place-based giving schemes.

The money, which will be paid in two instalments of £50,000, will be used to cover core costs in each of those two financial years, the DCMS application form says.

Core costs include staff expenses, administration, brand development and communications, but excludes match funding or the purchase of property or vehicles, the DCMS guidance for the fund says.

A support package offering tailored advice and guidance delivered by a support organisation contracted by the DCMS will also be available for successful applicants, as well as membership of a peer-support network.

The government has included a definition of a place-based giving scheme, which it says should be "a partnership between communities, philanthropists, corporate donors and local organisations, local authorities and national funders that bring together resources in a collaborative way to benefit the community in a defined geographic location".

Charities, trusts, foundations, local authorities or councils for voluntary service will be expected to lead the place-based giving schemes, according to the application form.

The scheme comes after recent research commissioned by the Office for Civil Society found there was "huge scope" for more place-based giving schemes across the country due to government spending cuts and people’s attachment to their local areas.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm on 14 December.

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