Volunteering fund revises applications

Volunteering group v has changed the applications process for its match fund scheme to attract new project ideas.

V will assess funding applications for projects in six new categories: community cohesion, environment, health, human rights, supporting children and young people, and poverty.

The scheme will match funds that projects raise from the private sector with government money. Any project that encourages 16-to-25 year olds to volunteer can apply.

More than 200 applications have been made so far, with 126 receiving a total of £23m in funding.

Until now, applying to the match fund has been a continuous process, but now there are two deadlines: 29 August for projects beginning in January 2009, and 31 October for projects beginning in April 2009.

Terry Ryall, chief executive of v, said the new system will "raise the bar".

She said: "This will ensure that only the very best projects get funding. We will ensure that the opportunities really resonate with 16-to-25-year-olds, getting them excited about the amazing experiences offered through volunteering."

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