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Funds for volunteering announced in green paper on giving - 4 January 2011

The government has unveiled two new volunteering initiatives and suggests a total of £80m will be allocated to the Community First programme, announced by ministers in June.

The discussion document says the government will set up a Volunteering Match Fund worth up to £10m a year that will match private donations to volunteering projects.

It will also set up an England-wide Volunteering Infrastructure programme, worth £42.5m over four years

Community First is being seen as the successor to the previous government's Grassroots Grants, which totalled £130m in the years 2008 to 2011.The green paper says the Community First programme will consist of £30m for grants to small organisations and £50m of match funding for local endowments over the next four years.

The document states: Community First 'will seek to encourage the giving of time, money, goods, services and facilities for wider community benefit by matching these donations with money'.

Green Paper on Giving

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