Funding news

Government reallocates charity campaigning money to Hardship Fund - 16 November 2009

The Office of the Third Sector has dropped a £750,000 funding scheme designed to give grants to small campaigning charities.

The decision was announced today, three weeks after successful applicants to the campaign research programme had been told they would receive funds.

Applicants have now been told that the programme no longer exists and has instead been reallocated to the Hardship Fund, a £16.7 million fund created to support third sector organisations providing services for disadvantaged people.

So far, 160 organisations have been awarded grants worth £14.5m through the Hardship Fund. The additional £750,000 will enable 15 extra organisations to receive funding. Umbrella body the NCVO is now investigating the legality of the decision, which it said appeared to breach the Compact, which outlines how the public and voluntary sectors should behave towards each other, says organisations should give 12 weeks notice of changes to funding agreements.

Those organisations promised funding from the campaign research programme will be offered free campaign training and compensated for their application costs, which involved attending an interview.

For further information on this decision can be found through the following press release on the OTS website: Priority to support the third sector during the recession