Government offers grants for forward-thinking charities

Charities that run innovative projects could be in line for £50,000 grants.

The Innovation Exchange, which was set up by the Government to encourage the spread of innovative ideas in the English voluntary sector, has opened its Next Practice programme for applications.

The programme offers in-kind support to help successful applicants develop, evaluate and expand their work.

Applicants could also be eligible for funding from an associated grants programme run by the National Endowment for Society, Technology and the Arts, which is offering grants of up to £50,000.

Charities that run projects to help excluded young people or to promote independent living are invited to submit applications.

We are looking for fledging, innovative projects, said John Craig, director of the Innovation Exchange, which was founded last year. They might have a really great idea but need to demonstrate that it works and that’s where we could help.

Charities have until 31 July to submit expressions of interest. For more information see:

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