Fundraising: Voluntary groups on fund shortlist

A number of voluntary sector organisations have been shortlisted to receive money from the Home Office's long-term strategic partnership funding announced in October.

The 23 bodies shortlisted for the Voice category include Community Action Network, NCVO, the National Association of Councils for Voluntary Service and Charities Evaluation Services. Interviews will take place with representatives from the shortlisted organisations in the next few weeks.

Following a consultation with the sector, the Home Office Active Communities Unit pledged to make more than £10m available to voluntary sector and non-profit organisations.

The money is aimed at organisations that can demonstrate the ability to use their experience to influence Home Office policy in the areas of charitable giving, volunteering and providing a voice on policy.

Paul Goggins, charities minister, said: "In the past there have been too many short-term agreements that lead to uncertainty and do not generate the level of impact we want to see.

"The time is right to move to longer-term contracts with groups that can speak up for the sector and provide leadership in the debate around volunteering and giving."

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