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Grassroots Grants gives way to new Communities First Fund

22 Jun 2010 - 12:03 by michelle.foster

The government's new Communities First Fund, which will provide start-up funding for community groups, will replace the Grassroots Grants scheme when it runs out in April next year.

The Office for Civil Society has confirmed that the £130m Grassroots Grants fund, which was set up by the Labour government to support small charities and community groups, will not be renewed.

Cabinet secretary Francis Maude announced the Communities First fund earlier this month. He said it would foster the creation of new community groups in deprived areas, but did not say how much it would be worth.

An Office for Civil Society spokesman said details of Communities First would be announced in December.

Charities minister Nick Hurd has indicated that government funding for Capacitybuilders and the volunteering charity v is also under review.

The OCS spokesman said all of the department's spending was potentially under review because of the need to reduce the national deficit.

For further information about what will happen to programmes run by the Office for Civil Society, click here.

Source: Third Sector Daily

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