More opposition to new funding website

Other groups add criticisms to those of the Directory of Social Change.

Government plans to set up a website that lists funding opportunities for voluntary groups have been criticised by organisations that already run such sites.

The Office of the Third Sector is about to award a three-year contract, believed to be to the NCVO, to establish what it calls a third sector funding gateway (3 February, page 1).

The plan has been criticised as "wasteful duplication" by the Directory of Social of Change, which runs the OTS-funded

The OTS said the new free site would reduce costs for organisations seeking new funding sources.

Gary Wiltshire, director of, said he was opposed to the move. "It creates a public sector competitor in an existing market," he said.

Howard Lake, publisher of, said: "I'm concerned about a big government-funded site competing with other sites."

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