Funding news

Government opens bidding to deliver Communitybuilders fund – Thursday 2 October 2008

The Department for Communities and Local Government announced the £70m Communitybuilders fund in its white paper Communities in Control in July and have now invited organisations to apply to deliver the programme.

The Communities and Local Government department and the Office of the Third Sector yesterday opened a competitive procurement process and are seeking expressions of interest to become the national delivery partner. Interested parties have until 30 October to apply.

The fund will provide a combination of grants and loans to voluntary organisations for projects that stimulate involvement in democracy and local decision-making. Examples of this could include improving governance, strengthening financial systems, fostering partnerships and coaching and mentoring.

A spokeswoman for CLG said the fund would probably be open for applications by spring. She said it was still not known how the £70m would be divided between grants and contracts.

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