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Russell Commission Small Grants Round Launched

On Friday 4th November Ian Russell announced a £600,000 grants round to fund preparatory work that will lay the foundations for the work of the new Russell Commission Implementation Body. The grant round aims to fund projects in two key areas:

  • Developing volunteer involving strategies: encouraging organisations to develop their volunteering strategies for 16-25 year olds, so that they can increase the number of opportunities for young people from groups that are under represented in volunteering activity
  • Best practice examples: encouraging existing volunteer-involving organisations to build the evidence base on how to reach new groups of young volunteers, particular black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people, faith groups and those without qualifications.

This grant round is focused on three broad aims:
1. To add to the knowledge base of what works in involving young volunteers
2. To influence the early development of the new Russell Commission Implementation body's delivery plan
3. To enable voluntary organisations to take steps to gear up to contribute to the delivery of the Russell Commission recommendations.

Please note that this grant round is not designed to fund volunteering opportunities for young people. This will be the role of the new Russell Commission Implementation Body, which will be formally launched in Spring 2006.

For more information, including how to apply, go to the Russell Commission website at