FUNDRAISING NEWS: NCVO uses lottery cash for extension of sector services

NCVO's Sustainable Funding Project has received a £380,000 lottery grant to extend its services to funding bodies and companies.

The project has previously worked exclusively with voluntary and community organisations to help groups diversify their income and develop more strategic fundraising and planning.

The new grant will now allow the project to start working with funders to help them devise more long-term strategies for the voluntary sector.

The service will also extend to companies to help them reassess the ways that they evaluate and measure charitable and community sponsorship.

As well as the NCVO grant, the Community Fund has awarded more than £260,000 to the National Children's Bureau as part of its recently launched Strategic Grants Programme. The money will be used to continue the work of the NCB's Childhood Bereavement Network Project.

Diana Brittan, chairwoman of the Community Fund, said: "The Strategic Grants Programme signals a change of direction for us. We want to ensure that lottery money is used to encourage innovation and replicate success."

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