Twelve voluntary sector organisations working to reduce reoffending in England have been awarded grants totalling £2.4m through the Rehabilitation Social Action Fund, a programme run by the Centre for Social Action, part of the Cabinet Office.
The grants, developed in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and the National Offender Management Service, will be paid out between now and March 2015.
The money can be used for set-up costs, front-line delivery, evaluation, a percentage of core costs and mentor and volunteer expenses and training, the Cabinet Office said. Once the funding ends, the organisations will receive tailored business planning support.
Activities provided by the charities will include mentoring programmes delivered by volunteers including ex-offenders, and what the Cabinet Office calls "circles of volunteers supporting particularly high-risk offenders".
Recipients include Crime Reduction Initiatives and the St Giles Trust, which were also both named among 30 organisations on the shortlist for the Ministry of Justice’s £450m-a-year Transforming Rehabilitation programme in December.
A spokeswoman for the Cabinet Office was unable to provide a breakdown of how much money was going to each organisation.
The Ministry of Justice has announced a further grant of almost £200,000 to Clinks, the infrastructure body for rehabilitation charities, to provide legal support to voluntary organisations that plan to play a role in the government’s rehabilitation reforms, and a £720,000 grant for small voluntary sector organisations that work with offenders.
Nick Hurd MP, the Minister for Civil Society, said: "The work that all of these organisations are involved in highlights that social issues can often be dealt with very effectively through making the most of community and individual resources. These grants will allow this work to be invested in and expanded."