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The Coalition government has stepped up its process of decentralisation and devolution of power to local authorities and their communities. Local authorities will have the liberty to make decisions about allocation of resources free from central government guidelines. An increasing role for the VCS to deliver public services is expected. VCS organisations are expected to have a key role to play in identifying needs as well as delivering services. This page deals with policies that have an impact on funding, commissioning and procurement for the VCS.

SMS giving rules relaxed

Rules around charities using regular SMS donations have been relaxed following a trial which found that few complaints and more money was generated by a more relaxed regime.

CEFET archive link

One East Midlands now houses the link to the archive of CEFET, which has been the European Social Fund (ESF) Technical Assistance organisation for the East Midlands since 1991.

East Midlands ESF Community Grants Fund 2014 - 2015

The East Midlands ESF Community Grants Fund 2014 – 2015 was launched on 14 February, with grants of up to £15,000 available to VCS groups across the East Midlands.

Big Lottery Fund strategic review

The Big Lottery Fund is embarking on a strategic review that will underpin its direction and priorities for the next three to six years.

Apply for support through BIG Assist

Through the BIG Assist programme VCS infrastructure organisations may be awarded between £2,000 and £7,000 in vouchers to buy organisational support.

2013/14 tax relief estimates

Tax reliefs for charities and donors are expected to rise by £360million to £4.41billion in 2013/14, according to estimated figures published by HM Revenue & Customs.

Lloyds Bank Foundation strategy announced

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has announced its new strategy for distributing at least £23million over the next year and what it hopes will be a similar amount each year for the foreseeable future.

Big Lottery Fund triennial review

On 21 November the Minister for Civil Society announced the start of the triennial review of the Big Lottery Fund.

Small Business: GREAT Ambition

The Government has launched Small Business: GREAT Ambition, which sets out an action plan to support small businesses. The report addresses issues where small charities face similar barriers to businesses.


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