Office for Civil Society names groups to administer grant funds

Big Lottery Fund, the Community Development Foundation, v and Social Investment Business are on the list

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Cabinet Office

The Big Lottery Fund, the Community Development Foundation, volunteering charity v and the Social Investment Business  are among the six organisations chosen by the Office for Civil Society to administer the bulk of its grant funds for the next four years.  

The OCS has drawn up the comprehensive list of organisations that will deliver its grant funds, following a competitive tender process. The professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and the consultancy company Tribal Education are also on the list.

Organisations listed could be asked to deliver one or more of the programmes, or none.

The department’s grant funds include the £100m Transition Fund announced by Chancellor George Osborne in the comprehensive spending review last week.

The OCS’s Communities First fund, the successor to the Grassroots Grants scheme set up by the Labour government, and a new endowment fund, also announced in the spending review, will be administered by groups on the list. The department has not yet specified how much these funds will be worth, to whom they will be available or what the funding criteria will be.

Asked by Third Sector for more details about the new endowment fund, civil society minister Nick Hurd said he was unable to provide the information. But he said: "It will be enough to make a difference."

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