Nine organisations have been selected as Strategic Partners of the Office for Civil Society (OCS), Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society announced today. Strategic Partners will receive a total of £8.2m over the next three years.
The OCS Strategic Partners are:
ACEVO in partnership with Euclid Network and New Philanthropy Capital
Community Foundation Network in partnership with Association of Charitable Foundations
Institute of Fundraising
Locality (new name from April 2011 resulting from DTA and Bassac merger)
Social Entrepreneurship Partnership (School for Social Entrepreneurs, UnLtd, CAN, Plunkett Foundation and Social Firms UK)
Social Enterprise Coalition in partnership with Cooperatives UK
Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, said:
We have had to reduce the number of strategic partners, not least to focus resource on front line services. However this is a good mix of partners who will represent the sector well. I look forward to working with them to help the sector manage change and maximise the opportunities that will flow from the Big Society agenda.
The new Strategic Partners Transition Programme replaces the previous similar initiative which finishes at the end of March 2011. The new programme is focused on effective representation to ensure value for money for the taxpayer and to focus resource on front line services. Some other government departments continue to fund strategic partner programmes to support specific policy objectives which complement this programme.