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Empowerment Fund

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 1 April 2009

Statement

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Hazel Blears) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Last July, through the empowerment White Paper, I outlined my proposals to support 20 to 25 third sector organisations through the Empowerment Fund. Today, I am pleased to announce to the House the 21 third sector organisations that will receive grants under the Empowerment Fund. The aim of the Empowerment Fund is to provide stable and strategic funding to third sector organisations with national reach and help deliver on key themes within the White Paper.

The third sector organisations are:

Community Voices and Leadership Theme

Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR);

the Young Foundation;

Operation Black Vote; and

YWCA.

Community and Social Media Theme

Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS); and

Media Trust.

Community Development Theme

Community Matters;

Novas Scarman;

Workers Education Association;

Sheila McKechnie Foundation; and

Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Social Enterprises

School for Social Entreprenuers; and

Social Firms UK.

Community Involvement in Planning

Centre for Sustainable Energy;

Environmental Law Foundation;

Carnegie; and

Action for Market Towns.

Helping small organisations to work together

Housing Associations' Charitable Trust (HACT); and

Oxfam.

Improving communication between citizens and councillors

British Association of Settlements and Social Action Centres (Bassac); and

Urban Forum.

The Empowerment Fund will provide £9.25 million over three years paying grants of either £250,000 or £500,000. The security of a three-year fund will help these organisations plan ahead with confidence and they will be expected to show how they make effective use of the financial assistance to expand their work.

This approach was developed in consultation with the relevant policy holders within the Department for Communities and Local Government, other government departments, and the third sector.