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Umbrella Bodies to receive majority of remaining Strategic Partners Funding - 22 March 2011

Sector umbrella bodies the Institute of Fundraising, Acevo, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Navca are among the 17 charities that will continue to receive funds from the Office for Civil Society’s strategic partnership programme.

The nine successful bids, which will receive a total of £8.2m from the programme over the next three years, were announced by the Office for Civil Society (OCS) on 22 March 2011. Twelve organisations will receive funding as part of partnerships with others and five bid alone.

The fund, set up in 2005, provides support to voluntary sector groups so that they can represent the sector’s interests at a national level, however it is due to be abolished in 2014. All successful bidders will receive three-quarters of the 2011/12 figure in 2012/13, and half of it in 2013/14, when the programme will close.

The successful bidders are:

  • Acevo in partnership with Euclid Network and New Philanthropy Capital £415,000
  • Community Foundation Network in partnership with Association of Charitable Foundations £330,000
  • Institute of Fundraising £275,000
  • Locality £496,570
  • Navca £345,070
  • NCVO £500,000
  • Social Entrepreneurship Partnership £315,000
  • Social Enterprise Coalition in partnership with Co-operatives UK £499,199
  • Volunteering England £500,000.

The announcement has sparked some controversy as no equality organisations were among the nine chosen by the OCS. Voice4Change England is to write to the OCS asking it to explain why it chose not to fund any equality groups as strategic partners.

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