Volunteer projects in England to get over half a million grants
02 May 2007
London, UK: Local voluntary and community organisations in England with plans to involve volunteers in the delivery of health and social care projects could benefit from the latest funding round from the Opportunities for Volunteering Scheme (OFV), a Department of Health initiative that provides grants to local health and social care organisations in England.
Volunteering England (VE), which administers the OFV general fund, has prioritised projects that involve volunteers in: health promotion; health advocacy; supported volunteering; support for people with specific health conditions, befriending and support for people with specific health and social care needs.
VE will distribute over £500,000 in new grants projects that will run for three years, with grants of between £10,000 and £35,000 per annum. The deadline for preliminary applications is 30 July 2007.
Priority for funding will also be given to projects that:
Previous grants have been awarded to organisations that, for example, promote access to health and social services for people with learning disabilities, provide health promotion and support for people living with HIV/AIDS, or advocacy for elderly members of the community.