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07/12/2009 - Grassroots Grants £33 Million Success

More than 13,000 charities have benefitted from the Grassroots Grants scheme since 2008.

The fund is aimed at helping small voluntary and community groups and charities work to improve the lives of their local communities.

The £130 million scheme awards grants worth between £250 and £5,000 to small organisations with incomes of less than £30,000.

The allocations so far have funded a range of community activities from providing food parcels for deprived communities to organising social activity for carers.

The Grassroots Grants scheme also incorporates a match fund where the Government matches any donation from a business or individual. This money is invested as an endowment which provides a long-term financial return for charities and voluntary organisations.

The Minister for the Third Sector, Angela Smith, said:

“Grassroots Grants give the groups which are tackling local issues the support they need to make a difference. I am delighted that through this ground-breaking programme the Government has in the first year alone given charities and voluntary organisations over £33 million in grants enabling them to reach out to the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“The programme is still open for applications and I encourage small local voluntary and community groups across the country to come forward and apply for this essential funding.”

For more information or to apply for a Grassroots Grant, please click here (opens in new window)

Source: Office of the Third Sector, 07/12/2009

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