I’ve just been chairing the Minister for Civil Society’s first keynote speech since the election. The major announcement was the launch of a £20m local sustainability fund… The fund will provide targeted support for organisations with a strong track record of delivering services which are experiencing current challenges, but which, with targeted support, could secure a strong future.
The fund, which is aimed at voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, is financed by OCS and operated by the Big Lottery Fund; it is accessed through the new VCSE Sustainability website.
Applicants must complete an eligibility checker and a VCSE Diagnostic in order to apply.
Update: Interestingly, Third Sector Online notes today that this fund is a year late in its implementation and half the amount originally projected (£40m) by former civil society minister Nick Hurd.