Press release

Voluntary and community organisations awarded £60 million grant

The Dfe announces the successful organisations receiving voluntary and community sector grants totalling £60 million.

The Department for Education today announced the voluntary organisations that have been successful in their bid for funding from the Department’s Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) grant worth around £60 million each year.

Over the next two years, the VCS organisations awarded grants today will play a significant role in reforming and delivering services for children, young people, parents and families.

At the launch of the bidding prospectus for the VCS grant in November 2010, the Government set out criteria to directly fund, at national level, voluntary and community organisations that work with children, young people, parents and families, with a particular emphasis on early intervention and tackling the needs of the most disadvantaged groups.

The VCS grant has been allocated according to services offered under specific grant themes, these are:

  • Families and Relationship support
  • Early Years and Childcare
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding
  • Young People
  • Children in Care
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability

In addition ‘Strategic Partner’ grants have been established to ensure Government gets advice about issues affecting VCS organisations and to help capacity building of the sector through transition, in particular smaller organisations. The themes for strategic partner grants are

  • Family Services
  • Young People
  • SEN and Disability
  • Early Years and Childcare
  • Overarching

Following a competitive process, the successful VCS organisations have been notified of the indicative amount of grant they will receive, which is subject to negotiation, and the service the Government wishes them to deliver.

There will be around £6 million available from the £60 million for successful bidders to receive extra help and support to build extra capacity, so that they are in good shape to remain sustainable long after this two year grant comes to an end.

The Grant aims to help create

  • a vigorous and responsive sector, freed up from dependency on grant-based funding and better equipped to operate within a payments by results environment
  • organisations which are efficient, effective and sustainable - “commissioning ready” - funded through grants and contracts to provide services for LAs (and others)
  • innovative approaches which will lever in private investment.

Through the localism bill, Government is opening up markets to enable the voluntary sector to play a bigger role in delivering key services such as children’s centres and youth services - and we will work with local authorities to ensure that they commission services from the sector.

Children’s Minister Tim Loughton said:

The Government is committed to supporting voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations to have a much greater involvement in the running of public services.

The VCS is central to our commitment to building a Big Society. This is demonstrated by today’s announcement of around £60m each year for the next two years for VCS organisations. This is a significant investment in a tough financial climate, and is only one aspect of the funding we will route through the voluntary and community sector.

The voluntary sector plays, and will continue to play, a significant role in reforming services for children, young people and families. I hope this grant further inspires a responsive and determined sector to do even more to improve outcomes for children, young people, parents and families.

Notes to editors

  1. This grant is part of a wider range of DfE funding opportunities. A number of contracted services will be procured through separate formal tender processes and there are likely to be other funding opportunities as a result of developing policies e.g. the forthcoming SEN and Disability Green Paper. In addition to central government funding available on a national basis, the Department continues to fund the voluntary and community sector indirectly through local authorities and for services which are commissioned by schools.
  2. While the VCS cannot be immune from reductions in public expenditure, the Spending Review announced that Government will direct around £470 million over the SR period to support capacity building in the sector, including an endowment fund to assist local voluntary and community organisations. As part of this, the Government will provide funds to pilot the National Citizen Service and establish a Transition Fund of £100 million to provide short term support for voluntary sector organisations providing public services. The sector will also be able to access funding from the Big Society Bank, which will bring in private sector funding in addition to receiving all funding available to England from dormant accounts. The Big Society bank will start operating in April with up to £100m of the £400m from dormant accounts being made available this year. High street banks are going to lend it another £200m on commercial terms.
  3. The Funding amounts are indicative. Year 1 funding is dependent on successful negotiations on detail of the grants. Year two amounts are dependent on successful delivery of agreed outcomes.
  4. A list of successful organisations is in the following table

Successful VCS Organisations

Disclaimer: The Funding amounts are indicative. Year 1 funding is dependent on successful negotiations on detail of the grants. Year two amounts are dependent on successful delivery of agreed outcomes.

Key to Themes:

  1. Families and Relationships
  2. Early Years & Childcare
  3. SEN & Disability
  4. Children in Care
  5. Child Protection & Safeguarding
  6. Young People

SP EY&C: Strategic Partner Early Years & Childcare
SP FS: Strategic Partner Family Services
SP SEND: Strategic Partner SEN & Disability
SP YP: Strategic Partner Young People
SP OA: Strategic Partner Over Arching

Successful VCS Organisations

Organisation name / Consortium Lead heme/Strategic Partner bid for Amount Offered  2011-12 £ Amount Offered  2012-13 £
4Children    350,000  350,000
4Children     2  390,000  300,000
4Children (Foundations for the Future)   SP EY&C  500,000   500,000
A National Voice    4  100,000   100,000
ACE Centre North    3   135,251  115,133
Action for Advocacy  4  50,000   50,000
Action for Children   1   735,000  670,000
Action for Prisoners' Families (APF)  1  100,000   100,000
Addaction  1   274,000   214,852
Addaction    6  413,264   282,592
Adfam     1  92,500  92,500
Alcohol Concern     1  177,000  220,000
Anna Freud Centre (The)    5  381,417   434,410
Asian Family Counselling Service    1  150,000   149,800
Autism Education Trust (AET)   3   652,469   555,441
Barnardo's  SP FS  1,119,663   1,142,221
Barnardo's  4   290,000   290,000
Barnardo's    5   518,316   879,360
Bolton Lads and Girls Club   6  355,041  294,278
British Association for Adoption and Fostering   4   299,000   299,000
Brook    5   139,631  100,181
Care for the Family (CFF)   1   300,000   200,000
Careers South West Ltd (Positive Transitions)   6   1,200,000   1,200,000
Catch22    6   1,500,000   1,454,121
Catch22    4   350,000   330,000
Centre for Separated Families (The)     1  240,000  180,000
Challenging Behaviour Foundation (The) (CBF)    3  192,655   222,136
Child & Family Training Limited (C&FT)   5   145,483  153,437
Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB)  5   113,000   116,320
Children England (Kindle Plus Consortium)   SP OA  1,250,964  1,209,075
Children Our Ultimate Investment    6   254,000  234,000
Children's Legal Centre (The)   5   176,265   154,291
Children's Society (The)  1   243,726   267,535
Clubs for Young People    6   650,000  480,000
Communication Trust (I CAN)   3   1,000,000   750,000
Contact a Family    1  216,525   203,298
Contact a Family    3   438,649  419,780
ContinYou  2   400,000   386,000
Council for Disabled Children (CDC)   SP SEND   749,642   695,650
CSV  5   158,672  132,507
CSV  1    402,423  375,423
Daycare Trust    2  300,000   300,000
Diana Award (The)   5   198,922   132,614
Dyslexia Action    3  750,000    600,000
Dyslexia-SpLD Trust  3   693,456   630,579
Early Education (The British Association for Early Childhood Education)   2   131,374   108,040
Endeavour  6    312,868   230,691
Families Need Fathers   1    261,415  263,807
Family and Parenting Institute (The)    1  329,088   181,616
Family Delivery Team (Interface associates UK)    1   960,097  933,375
Family Rights Group   4   93,000   93,000
Fatherhood Institute (The)    1  302,310   164,665
Fatherhood Institute (The)    5  310,890   166,476
Fostering Network (The)   4   78,000   79,000
Foyer Federation   6    500,000  353,519
Gingerbread   1    193,102  174,081
Groundwork UK    6    1,500,000  1,215,600
Home-Start UK (HSUK)   1   1,230,000   1,200,000
Home-Start UK (HSUK)    5   792,020  717,663
Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)    3   70,800  70,800
Institute of Wellbeing    1  450,000   400,000
KIDS   3    385,800  270,100
Kids Company  6    4,485,000   4,485,000
Kidscape  6   133,456   127,966
Lucy Faithfull Foundation (The)   5   210,519   222,911
MacIntyre  3   399,168   326,004
Marriage Care   1   690,269   616,475
Media Trust   6    400,000  375,000
Missing People   5    215,828  222,303
Movement for non-mobile children (Whizz Kidz) (The)    3   257,437  199,340
National Association for Special Education Needs (The) - Nasen  3   600,000   520,000
National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC)   1   160,000   160,000
National Autistic Society (The)   3   107,681   74,941
National Childminding Association   2   500,000   600,000
National Children's Bureau (NCB)   4   99,000   79,000
National Children's Bureau (NCB)     540,000  510,000
National Children's University   2   350,000   350,000
National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS) (known as Catalyst)   SP YP  1,490,300   1,089,000
National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA)     2  500,000  500,000
National Deaf Children's Society (The)   3    196,292  155,496
National Education Trust    2   137,300  119,800
National Portage Association (NPA)   2    175,000  175,000
National Sensory Impaired Partnership (NatSIP)   3   200,000   150,000
NSPCC (Safe Network)   5   630,000   650,000
One Plus One (OPO)    1  921,250   724,500
Parenting UK    1   120,550   108,050
Parentline Plus (Family Lives)   1   698,688   603,392
Partners of Prisoners & Families Support Group (POPS)   1   150,000   150,000
Pen Green Children and Families and Research Centre   2   200,397   168,752
Place2Be (The)    1   221,815  240,939
Place2Be (The)   5   160,338   162,031
Pre-school Learning Alliance   2   865,000   930,000
Prince's Trust (and Fairbridge)   6   900,000   858,891
Princess Royal Trust for Carers (The)   1   500,000   500,000
Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT)     1  314,525  343,546
Project for Advocacy Counselling and Education (PACE)     1  153,853  157,206
QED UK   6   113,521   106,767
Relate   1    1,850,403  1,711,630
Roma Support Group   1   86,387   65,431
Safe Ground   1    240,979  235,380
School Food Trust (The)    2  160,000   200,000
SCOPE   3    121,693  135,256
Shared Care Network    3  112,000   81,000
SHS (School-Home Support)         1 500,000 500,000
Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)   5    518,193  424,208
Spurgeons  1   350,000   350,000
Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (The)   1   699,000   657,000
Terrence Higgins Trust   6    207,664  214,603
Time for Families   1   150,000   150,000
Tomorrow's People   6   750,000   750,000
 UK Youth   6   576,000   391,000
V, National Young Volunteers Service (The)   6   800,000   769,904
Victoria Climbie Foundation UK (The)     5  168,880  167,280
Voice (Voice for the Child in Care)    4   75,000  75,000
Who Cares? Trust (The)   4   74,000   72,000
WomenCentre Ltd     5  155,400  160,800
YMCA Derbyshire   1   600,000   600,000
YoungMinds  3    213,792  142,900

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