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."
See www.parentingfund.org for more details.