Wider access for Grassroots Grants

Threshold increased to allow voluntary organisations with annual incomes of up to £30,000 to apply

More organisations will be able to apply for funding from the Government's £130m Grassroots Grants scheme, third sector minister Kevin Brennan announced yesterday.

Brennan said voluntary organisations with annual incomes of up to £30,000 would now be eligible to bid for grants of between £250 and £5,000 to fund community activities. Only charities with annual incomes of up to £20,000 could apply before now.

He said the move would provide "real help now that is needed in our communities".

Grassroots Grants is a three-year programme funded by the Office of the Third Sector and delivered by the Community Development Foundation.

It is made up of two parts: an £80m small grants fund and a £50m endowment match challenge that enables local funders to generate extra money for endowments on a matched basis.

Until now, the Government has matched every pound donated with 50p in many areas of the country, but Brennan said the Government would now match every pound donated with a pound.

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