Funds for volunteering

The Cabinet Office has today published the Giving Green Paper. This outlines the Government’s initial ideas for building a stronger culture of giving time and money and aim to start a national debate on our society’s attitudes to giving. It proposes that the Government will provide:

  • At least £50 million of match funding over the next four years to encourage the building up of local endowments as part of the Community First programme.
  • Additional funding to neighbourhood groups to help them implement their projects and plans.
  • A Volunteer Match Fund, worth up to £10 million per year, to double the benefit of private donations to voluntary projects.
  • An England-wide Volunteering Infrastructure programme worth £42.5 million over the next four years that will provide brokerage as well as frontline support to volunteers and the organisations that manage them.

Third Sector magazine suggests that Community First is being seen as the successor to the previous government’s Grassroots Grants, which totalled £130m in the years 2008 to 2011.


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