Fundraising News: Parenting fund will give at least £15m in two-year period

The Government's new Parenting Fund, designed to support organisations working with parents, will be distributed entirely through the community and voluntary sector. It will make grants of at least £15m over two years.

There will be a major grants programme of £9.5m for at-risk families, such as those living with bereavement, addiction or mental health problems, and a local grants programme of £6m. Local grants are targeted at 18 geographical areas of high need in England.

The Minister for Children, Margaret Hodge, said: "The Parenting Fund will help to develop a range of support available to parents at different stages in a child's life."

The National Family and Parenting Institute is the fundholder for the Parenting Fund, and will be distributing grants from this Autumn.

Mary MacLeod, chief executive of the institute, said: "Support for families and parenting is key in improving outcomes for children, and this fund will help to demonstrate what can be achieved."

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