Hub replacement funding to be cut by half

Total funding for the ChangeUp national support programmes will fall by about a half, figures from Capacitybuilders have confirmed.

Available cash for the nine initiatives, which will replace the six hubs in April, will be about £4.6m, compared with £8.9m in 2007/08, according to tender documents published by Capacitybuilders yesterday.

Each of the nine programmes has been allocated an indicative amount of either £600,000 or £400,000 – which means the figures might change. Capacitybuilders has identified key outcomes in each area.

Support for workforce and ICT, which currently have independent hubs, has been placed under the ‘performance management’ and ‘responding to social change’ programmes respectively.

Organisations including umbrella bodies Navca and the NCVO have been lobbying for the two areas to be given their own programmes, a move being considered by Capacitybuilders (Third Sector, 26 September).

Kevin Curley, chief executive of Navca, said Capacitybuilders should select bidders that prioritised support for local organisations. “It’s important that we make sure these national services give practical support to local infrastructure organisations and do not allow them to be run by national organisations that use them to advance their own agendas,” he said.

Curley said he was happy that the majority of the funding, which is £88.5m over three years, would be spent on the local support consortia rather than the national programmes.

Capacitybuilders is running three workshops aimed at potential bidders in October. The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is 7 November.

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