Name of £130m community funding programme announced

The Government announced this week that its £130m community funding programme will be called Grassroots Grants.

The programme, which will be run by the Community Development Foundation, is to launch in the new year. It will be divided into two parts: £80m will be used to make small grants for community organisations and a new £50m endowments fund will be established to help local foundations attract match funding from the private sector, to be invested as future funding for nearby community groups.

The £50m fund was first announced in July’s third sector review as a means of ensuring sustainable funding for community organisations over the long term.

The Community Development Foundation has stressed that existing regional grant-givers are welcome to apply to be local funding partners.

“Community-based organisations are at the very root of civil renewal, bringing local people together and empowering them to meet local needs or transform local environments,” said Phil Hope, Minister for the Third Sector. “But we know they often struggle to gain finance, placing enormous constraints on their ability to operate. That’s why Grassroots Grants is aimed at improving the funding available to the very smallest of community organisations.”

Alison Seabrooke, chief executive of the Community Development Foundation, said: “At a local level, grass-roots grants will support local community-based activity in small voluntary and community groups through the small grants programme, while also building the capacity of local funding partners and sustaining small grant giving through the endowment programme.”

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