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Two new funds announced in Giving White Paper - 23 May 2011

The government has announced a £10m Social Action Fund and a £30m local infrastructure fund as part of its Giving White Paper, launched today by the Prime Minister.

Measures announced in the white paper include £30m to support voluntary sector infrastructure, a year-long campaign to promote payroll giving, and ‘challenge prizes’, which will reward schemes that encourage volunteering using mobile phones.

The government will invest £700,000 through the Social Action Fund in Philanthropy UK, which offers advice on effective giving to aspiring philanthropists. A further £1m will be given to the youth charity YouthNet to support its Do it website, which links people to volunteering opportunities.

The Social Action Fund will 'support new models that incentivise people to give, such as ‘complementary currencies’ that offer people credit for volunteering', it says.

The £30m local infrastructure fund, which will be delivered by the Big Lottery Fund, will support the development of 'more efficient local hubs to offer better-integrated support services for front-line civil society organisations' and the paper states that 'the types of activity supported will include: developing new services and redesigning existing ones; establishing new partnerships, alliances, mergers and/or shared back-office provision; staff training for new roles; and purchasing expert advice and support'.

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