Third Sector Online carries an interesting story today. It claims that an unnamed voluntary sector source has said that at least one private sector company has been shortlisted to administer a new Big Lottery programme called ‘Assist’, aimed at helping infrastructure providers to become more effective.
Third Sector Online’s source said this raised concerns about lottery money being used to help private sector companies sell services to the voluntary sector.
The fund was announced in December last year and although it was mentioned in the Big Lottery’s discussion paperBuilding capabilities for legacy and impact (currently out for consultation and you can can download BSSEC’s work-in-progress response here) there is still precious little info in circulation about this £6m fund. Building capabilities says only that the fund “will help local support providers become more effective with help from national experts and peer-to-peer support”.
If anyone has heard anything further about this please comment here or email me and I’ll try and build this story up a bit.