Targeted Support Fund grant recipients named

More than 550 organisations win funding as Navca calls for another round of awards

The Government has named the 558 third sector organisations in England that will receive grants of up to £40,000 as part of the government's recession action plan.

The £15m Targeted Support Fund, which is being run by the Community Development Foundation, a charity sponsored by the Communities and Local Government department, will provide grants of between £10,000 and £40,000 to organisations that help people most at risk of increased deprivation in the economic downturn.

The funds will support charities that provide help in areas such as health, wellbeing and employment services. The recipients include West Swindon Family & Community Project, which was awarded £40,000, and the Pride Media Association, a media training provider in Rochdale, which received £23,358.

A spokesman for umbrella group Navca called on the Government to introduce a further round of funding with a wider remit.

"We strongly support the fund," he said. "However, we're concerned there will be many areas hit hard by the recession that won't benefit, either because they're not in the most deprived areas or because the need is becoming apparent only now the fund has closed."

The Office of the Third Sector also revealed that South Somerset Mind and the City of London Migraine Clinic had been offered loans worth a total of £190,000 from the £16.5m Modernisation Fund, which is designed to help charities adapt or merge in the recession.

A further 66 loans were being negotiated, it said.

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