Funding Central Celebrates Contract Extension
- Friday, 07 September 2012 16:06
- Published: Friday, 07 September 2012 16:06
A free service which signposts charities to funding and finance opportunities has had its contract extended for a further 18 months.
Funding Central, which is managed by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), will now run until March 2014 following agreement of further funding from the Office for Civil Society. As an added piece of good news, the site now has over 50,000 registered users across England.
The free website, which was created in 2009, offers organisations from across the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors access to thousands of grants, contracts and loans, together with support and advice on developing sustainable income strategies. Last year users who successfully bid for funding secured an average of £35,068 per organisation.
The site also includes a ‘Partner Zone’, where organisations can search for consortia and collaborative working opportunities, and a ‘Funder Zone’ for grant funders, public sector commissioners and loan providers.
Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of NCVO, said:
“I am delighted that we have had the green light to continue providing this important service, and passing 50,000 users gives further cause for celebration. Funding Central is a shining example of a successful partnership between the public, private and voluntary sectors. In its lifespan the service has added real value and connected a diverse range of organisations with opportunities to grow and diversify their income.”
Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd said:
“Last week I published a progress update outlining how the Government intends to work with civil society to deliver better regulation, better support, and better skills. Our agreement with NCVO to extend Funding Central until March 2014 is a practical and meaningful demonstration of our commitment to the sector and a vote of confidence in a proven and valuable resource.”
Notes to Editors
Funding Central is managed in partnership with Idox Information Solutions Ltd.
The income from the Office for Civil Society to cover the contract extension period is £496,808.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is the umbrella body for the voluntary sector in England, with sister councils in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. NCVO has over 8,400 members, ranging from large national bodies to community groups, volunteer centres, and development agencies working at a local level. With over 280,000 staff and over 13 million volunteers working for our members, we represent and support almost half the voluntary sector workforce.