Generations Together £5.5m volunteering fund opens

Government cash to help local authorities and charities promote volunteering to young and old

The Office of the Third Sector's proposed £3m Intergenerational Volunteering Fund has been merged into a new £5.5m cross-government scheme to help local authorities and the third sector promote volunteering.

Local authorities in England can bid for up to £400,000 per project from the new Generations Together fund, providing at least half of their funding goes towards supporting third sector organisations.

The programme aims to engage 20,000 volunteers aged under 25 and over 50 in activities that benefit participants from both age brackets, in a bid to break down barriers between the generations.

Funding for the 12 successful projects will come from the £3m announced by Cabinet Office minister Liam Byrne in December, as well as the Department of Health, Department for Children, Schools and Families and Department for Work and Pensions.

"Volunteering is a very important part of all strong communities as it makes people feel valued and cared for," said third sector minister Kevin Brennan. "It's particularly important that people do what they can to help others during challenging times."

The closing date for applications is 10 June. For more information see the story on the Generations Together programme on the Cabinet office website.

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