First Transition Fund beneficiaries announced

Eighteen charities have been allocated total of £1.7m from government fund administered by the Big Lottery Fund

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Eighteen charities, including Disability Action in Islington, Somerset Youth Volunteering Network and the Leicester-based support group Domestic Violence Integrated Response Project, have been announced as the first recipients of funding from the government’s £100m Transition Fund.

The 18 charities have received £1.7m in total under the first round of allocations by the fund, which was set up to help charities that will suffer cuts in public funding for service delivery.

The money will be administered by the Big Lottery Fund. A statement from the Cabinet Office said hundreds more awards would be made in the next few months.

Bede House, which works with disadvantaged people in south London, was given just under £200,000, the largest individual award.

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, said in a statement: "There will be enormous potential for civil society organisations in the future, but the transition to these new funding streams will not happen overnight.

"The Transition Fund is not intended to be a substitute for public funding cuts, made necessary by the deficit we inherited, but it will help to ensure that valuable civil society organisations will have some support from the state prior to the opening up of public sector markets."

Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society said last month that charities had applied for less money from the fund than he had expected.

The fund has been criticised for having eligibility criteria that made it difficult for voluntary sector groups to apply for funding.

The list of recipients in full:

- Bede House, London £198,899

- Shire Training Workshops, Stroud £89,570

- Isle of Wight Law Centre, Newport £61,941

- Somerset Youth Volunteering Network, Glastonbury £97,000

- Vital Regeneration, London £146,300

- Disability Action in Islington, London £74,734

- Living Options Devon, Exeter £89,454

- Domestic Violence Integrated Response Project, Leicester £103,000

- Building Futures East, Newcastle upon Tyne £151,000

- Umbrella, Derby £35,000

- Middlesbrough Environment City Trust, Middlesbrough £15,130

- Headway Devon, Exeter £50,000

- Islington People's Rights, London £76,000

- Headliners (UK), London £151,329

- SkyWay, London £151,000

- Olmec, London £120,000

- Incest and Sexual Abuse Survivors, Newark £26,800

- North Yorkshire Youth, Thirsk £107,062.

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