International development secretary announces new fund for smaller outfits

Priti Patel also announced a new partnership between her department and the Charity Commission to provide training to small and medium-sized charities

Priti Patel
Priti Patel

The Department for International Development has announced a new fund to help smaller development and humanitarian charities become more effective.

Priti Patel, the international development secretary, also announced a new partnership between her department and the Charity Commission that will provide training to small and medium-sized charities to increase their effectiveness and improve public trust in their work.

Speaking in London today at the annual conference of the international NGO membership body Bond, Patel said the Small Charities Challenge Fund would offer funding to charities with annual incomes of up to £250,000.

The total amount of funding and the maximum amounts organisations will be able to apply for have not yet been announced, although the Daily Mail newspaper reported today that it would be worth £4m over the next two years with a £50,000 limit per organisation.

Further details of the training offered with the Charity Commission are yet to be announced.

Patel said she was increasing support for grass-roots charities because she believed they were a crucial part of Britain’s work in international development.

"Britain’s small charities do amazing, often highly innovative work in some of the world’s poorest places," she said. "Often staffed by volunteers, their dedication to the most disadvantaged in the world is remarkable.

"Giving Britain’s small charities financial support will give a real boost to the excellent work they do."

William Shawcross, chair of the commission, said helping small and medium-sized charities deal with today’s risks was crucial.

"British charities have a proud history in the delivery of overseas aid and development in dangerous places," he said.

"This work will be key in building capacity to ensure these charities can operate to the highest standards."

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