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Cabinet Office offers grants and contracts for European Year of Volunteering - 11 January 2011

The Office for Civil Society has opened a programme of grants and partnership contracts, totalling almost half a million pounds, for civil society organisations to support the government's Big Society vision as part of the European Year of Volunteering.

The European Year of Volunteering requires member states to develop a national work programme encouraging and maintaining volunteering. Three contracts and six grants are available to organisations helping the Cabinet Office achieve this goal.

Contracts, worth £68,000 each, are on offer to organisations offering leadership in one or more of three areas: employer-supported volunteering; volunteer management; and 'opening the door to volunteering'. They will last from April until the end of 2011.

Grants of £37,000 each are available for five organisations or teams of organisations, to develop and deliver a programme of activities under five key themes which will each run for two months throughout the year. One further grant of £78,000 is available for a civil society organisation to lead on "sharing the learning" emerging from the activities undertaken. Organisations winning grant funding will develop activities encouraging volunteering under the following themes in the corresponding months:

  • Young people and children (March and April)
  • Environment (May and June)
  • Sport (July and August)
  • Culture and the arts (September and October)
  • Health and social care (November and December).

For more information see the Cabinet Office website or refer to the governmentfunding scheme page.