Funding news

Funding cuts so far - 26 May 2010

Funds are beginning to be affected by budget cuts to governemnt departments.

The Cabinet Office will receive £79m worth of cuts, the Charities Aid Foundation's Hannah Terrey said that this might be considered modest in comparison to cuts in other departments, but it is "significant relative to the total departmental budget". Terrey went on to say that "given the government's ambitious new ‘Big Society’ agenda, and the central role that civil society is to play in this, it is important that the new Office for Civil Society is effectively resourced".

As the Future Jobs Fund is set to end (please refer to the dedicated news piece), the Department for International Development (DFID) is also redirecting funds. DFID has not had its budget cut, however some UK-based projects have had contracts cancelled after the new Secretary of State, Andrew Mitchell, reportedly said he did not believe these projects give the taxpayer value for money. Charities are currently pursuing whether this is in line with the Compact.

The DFID Development Innovation Fund and the Department of Energy and Climate Change's Low Carbon Buildings Programme: Phase 2 have both closed early due to cuts.

More information is available at the Civil Society website.