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Community Champions Fund

Volume 459: debated on Wednesday 2 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which organisations have received funding from the Community Champions Fund since its inception; what plans he has for the future budget of the Community Champions Fund in forthcoming financial years; and if he will make a statement. (133640)

Community Champions funding supports individuals rather than organisations. Individuals can apply for up to £2,000 to run innovative projects in their community. The total number of awards in 2005-06 was 1,769; the average award was £1,250. Funding is currently available until the end of March 2008.

The purpose of the comprehensive spending review settlement for this Department is to deliver key priorities for children, young people and learners over the period 2008-11. Decisions to be taken over the coming months will permit more detailed announcements to be made in due course about the allocation of resources, but it is unlikely that extension of the Community Champions Fund will be given priority over programmes that more directly impact on outcomes for children and young people.