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Infrastructure works to develop and connect voluntary and community organisations and to influence funders and policymakers. This page brings together resources and information on infrastructure and its role for the VCS.

A brave new world for voluntary sector infrastructure?

The Third Sector Research Centre has published a new working paper entitled A brave new world for voluntary sector infrastructure? Vouchers, markets and demand-led capacity building

Transforming Local Infrastructure: early indications

Transforming Local Infrastructure, the £30million government grant fund aiming to create strong local support for the voluntary sector, shows early signs of having been a success, according to an analysis by Navca.

East Midlands Local Infrastructure Symposium – 26 June, Leicester

One East Midlands and BIG Assist are hosting a joint event for Local Infrastructure Organisations across the East Midlands to look at the future direction and new opportunities for local infrastructure. 

One East Midlands approved as BIG Assist Supplier

One East Midlands have been approved as a BIG Assist Supplier to offer support to infrastructure organisations.

Analysis published of successful TLI bids

Navca has published its analysis of the 74 successful Transforming Local Infrastructure bids.

ITEM3 project publishes final report

The three year ITEM3 project, which provided ICT support and advice to third sector infrastructure organisations throughout the East Midlands, including ICT health checks and social media workshops, has published its final project report.

£6million Assist programme launched

The Big Lottery Fund and NCVO have launched the £6million BIG Assist programme to support infrastructure bodies, which will encourage organisations to rate and review the support they receive, Tripadvisor-style.

Big Lottery Fund Assist programme

The Big Lottery Fund and NCVO have teamed up for the Assist programme, a new £6million initiative that will help VCS support and development organisations adapt to the changing needs of the frontline.

Latest four blog post from One East Midlands Chief Executive

One East Midlands Chief Executive Rachel Quinn has published her latest three blog posts on the Big Lottery Fund's Building capabilities for impact and legacy consultation, and following her interview on BBC Radio Nottingham and a later statement realised by the council, the Nottinghamshire County Council cuts to the VCS.

Entitled Demand led infrastructure - how, why and who's benefiting and Nottinghamshire cuts - what's the story (parts 1, 2 and 3), the posts can be viewed here.

Successful Transforming Local Infrastructure bids announced

Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd has announced the successful bidders to the £30million Transforming Local Infrastructure Fund, including five in the East Midlands who share £2,311,768:


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