Social Action Fund reopens to projects that boost volunteering

The second tranche of the government grant scheme will dispense about £10m

Volunteering programmes will benefit from the Social Action Fund
Volunteering programmes will benefit from the Social Action Fund

A government fund to give grant support to programmes that increase volunteering and other social action will reopen for applications next week.

The second tranche of the Social Action Fund, run by the Social Investment Business on behalf of the Cabinet Office, is expected to have about £10m to give away, out of an original budget of £20m.

It is open to any organisation with an annual turnover of at least £100,000 and the minimum grant organisations can apply for is £100,000. Applications will close in early February.

The fund will give priority to programmes that encourage people to volunteer in their communities, particularly those who do not normally volunteer. It will also focus on schemes that increase the level of volunteering by schoolchildren, university graduates and professionals on the point of retirement, and which inspire people who have attended the National Citizen Service to continue contributing to their communities.

The first wave of funding was opened to applications in October last year.

"We aim to fund well-established national or regional organisations, usually under large branded schemes," a spokeswoman for the Social Investment Business said. "A strong preference is given to schemes that have agreed match funding. It also favours models that are capable of replication and sustaining the engagement of those doing the giving."

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