Funding news

Advice Services Fund to launch end of November - 21 November 2011

The Cabinet Office has announced that a £16.3 million fund for free advice services in England will be delivered by the BIG Fund, the non-lottery arm of the Big Lottery Fund.

The fund is due to open to applications on 28 November and will provide grants of between £40,000 and £70,000to organisations providing debt, welfare benefits, employment and housing advice services.

Applicants will have to provide advice in at least one of the four areas and be able to evidence public funding cuts of at least 10 per cent for those advice service areas from central and local government sources in 2011/12.

The Cabinet Office has also announced that it will carry out a review to ensure that people have access to good quality free advice services in their communities. The review, which will conclude early next year, will look at the funding environment for these services, likely levels of demand and how the government can play a positive role.

For the BIG Fund scheme page click here. The scheme will be added to the Governmentfunding website when open.