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Cabinet Office to launch £36m Centre for Social Action - 21 February 2013

The Centre for Social Action will provide financial and non-financial help and will include a new Innovation Fund run by Nesta.

The two-year initiative, the Centre for Social Action, will begin in April 2013 and support organisations who want to mobilise people to take part in social action. It follows on from the Cabinet Office’s £20m Social Action Fund which closed for application in February 2012.

The Cabinet Office cited two examples of schemes the initiative might support: Join In, which aims to build a legacy of volunteering from last year’s Olympic Games in London and received £2 million of Cabinet Office funding in August; and the Dementia Friends initiative, which aims to train one million volunteers to support people with dementia.

A spokesman for the Cabinet Office said the breakdown of how the money would be allocated, in terms of grants and other forms of finance, was not yet clear and further details would be made available in due course.

The Cabinet Office said that the innovation support charity Nesta would operate a new £14 million Innovation Fund within the Centre for Social Action.

It will be supported by £10 million from the £36 million, and by £4 million from Nesta, and will provide financial and non-financial support to ideas that "harness the capabilities, expertise and resourcefulness of citizens and civil society", the department said.

More information will be published on the governmentfunding website as it becomes available.