Funding news

Grassroots Grants update - Thursday 8 May 2008

Just £6m of the government's £80m small grants programme for community organisations will be allocated this year through the Grassroots Grants programme, according to umbrella group Urban Forum.

Urban Forum were told that the bulk of the grants - roughly £25m a year - would be distributed during the subsequent three years, since the programme would not be in operation until March of next year. The group was also informed that the grants offered are likely to be between £500 and £5,000. No decision has been taken on whether they should be channelled towards particular targets areas or groups.

The Office of the Third Sector hopes to choose a national partner by the end of September to coordinate a programme of delivery via local existing grant-making bodies such as Community Foundations, Community Empowerment Networks or grant-making charities such as the Scarman Trust or Youth Bank.

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