Volunteer groups wait for funding

The volunteer bodies that have been contracted to run Capacitybuilders' volunteering support service are still waiting to receive funding nearly three months after the national initiative was due to start.

Volunteering groups contracted to work on the national support service said Capacitybuilders had originally indicated that funding would arrive on 1 April, when the new ChangeUp support services originally opened their doors (Third Sector Online, 1 April).

But Volunteering England, which is due to receive the money and distribute it to four other groups - v, the Red Foundation, the Nationwide Foundation and the Network of National Volunteer Involving Agencies - said Capacitybuilders had not yet released the funds.

"We've been working on setting things up and we've appointed an implementation manager," said Rob Jackson, director of development and innovation at Volunteering England. "We know the money's coming, but it's not in our account yet."

Jamie Thomas, director of the Red Foundation, told Third Sector: "There has been a delay - we're ready to go as soon as they give us the green light." Thomas said the foundation was "waiting on standby" for the money to come through.

A spokeswoman for Capacitybuilders said the commitment was only to provide the money within the first three months.

"We're starting a three-year grant programme and we're still in quarter one," she said. "We have to go through a series of checks and balances before payment is made, and that's where we are at the moment."

The spokeswoman said she could not give an exact date for when the payments would be made, but said it would happen by the end of this month.

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