Drop in funding for strategic partners

Office of the Third Sector awarded 42 charities less cash during 2008/09 than in the previous year

The Office of the Third Sector awarded its strategic partners almost £1m less in grants in 2008/09 than in the previous year.

Angela Smith, Minister for the Third Sector, told Parliament this week that 42 strategic partners received £12.2m in 2008/09. The sum awarded the previous year to the same organisations was £13.1m.

The OTS established strategic partners to ensure voluntary organisations' views are heard by government. Partners' responsibilities include conveying the views of their members to government, contributing to policy work and acting as advocates for the sector.

Four organisations received more than £1m each. They were Volunteering England (£1.58m), volunteering charity CSV (£1.05m), the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation (£1.05m) and the NCVO (£1.04m).

Smith told the Commons that the figures did not include £5m awarded to volunteering charity v, which received strategic funding "on a separate basis".

She said: "Strategic partners have been integral in developing policy in a number of areas, including supporting the sector through the downturn."

Strategic partners funded in 2008/09

Acevo – £210,125

Action with Communities in Rural England – £210,125

Association of Charitable Foundations – £126,100

Bassac – £155,006

Beacon Fellowship Charitable Trust – £94,600

British Youth Council – £94,600

BTCV – £315,200

Charities Evaluation Services – £154,812

Charity Trustee Networks – £94,556

Church Urban Fund – £90,538

Citizenship Foundation – £210,100

Community Action Network – £123,711

Community Development Exchange – £252,602

Community Foundation Network – £210,000

Community Matters – £261,603

Consortium of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Voluntary and Community Organisations – £94,556

Co-operatives UK – £101,000

Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations – £262,656

CSV – £1,050,600

Development Trusts Association – £145,624

FaithAction – £262,656

Foyer Federation – £118,195

Institute of Fundraising – £262,700

Mentoring and Befriending Foundation – £1,050,600

National Youth Agency – £315,200

NCVO – £1,040,260

National Council for Voluntary Youth Services – £242,143

Navca – £424,753

Plunkett Foundation – £63,000

Prowess – £30,000

School for Social Entrepreneurs – £72,000

Social Enterprise Coalition – £488,000

Social Enterprise London – £85,000

Social Firms UK – £122,000

Third Sector European Network – £84,313

TimeBank UK – £525,300

Urban Forum – £96,132

Voice4Change England – £262,656

Volunteering England – £1,575,900

Women's Resource Centre – £196,993

Youth Action Network – £157,600

YouthNet – £472,800


Total – £12,206,315



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