Two new funding initiatives agreed

Stephen Cook

Two new voluntary sector funding programmes worth £11m were approved last week by Capacitybuilders, the infrastructure body now running the Government's ChangeUp programme.

From mid-June the 128 local ChangeUp consortia - usually councils for voluntary service and other umbrella bodies - will be able to apply for the first programme, worth £9m, if they want money for their investment plans.

A £2m fund for non-consortia infrastructure bodies will be available in late summer. A third programme worth £6m, for groups dealing with marginalised communities, is expected to be approved in June and available in the autumn.

Applications will shortly be invited to carry out the promised review of the £9m national hubs programme. Simon Hebditch, chief executive of Capacitybuilders, told a conference last week that the options included the status quo, a rationalisation and a new development agency. The decision is to be made on 4 September.

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