London body sets aside £750,000 to help ethnic grants

The London Development Agency is injecting £750,000 into a programme to help black and minority ethnic (BME) groups improve their understanding of grant-making processes.

At present, BME groups have a relatively low success rate when applying for grants. One of the main reasons for this, according to funders, is the poor quality of applications.

The three-year fundraising training scheme aims to promote sustainable development by providing 75 individuals from BME voluntary organisations with the key skills needed to make successful applications and develop effective fundraising strategies.

The scheme, which is for organisations that have a turnover in excess of £100,000, is backed by the Institute of Fundraising, the Black Training and Enterprise Group and London Voluntary Service Council.

The move is designed to raise the success rates of BME organisations in securing grants.

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