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Community Organisations

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

24. To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans he has to support the work of small community organisations. (159752)

Small community organisations are an essential part of a strong local voluntary sector and thriving communities. Support for their work is a key priority for the Government.

The Office of the Third Sector has created the £30 million Community Assets Fund which will to help community groups to take on the management or ownership of assets. It is also introducing a new £80 million programme of small grants for small community and voluntary organisations, and a £50 million programme of endowment grants to help local foundations to provide an enduring source of funding.