Charity and Voluntary Sector

BIG: Children with disabilities in Nicaragua, Central America, will be given the chance to enrol in mainstream primary schools as a result of an investment worth almost £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.  The award is one of three grants worth a total of £1.5m going to UK-based organisations supporting marginalised communities overseas from BIG’s International programme.

A second grant of £499,983 will be going to London-based Concern Worldwide (UK) will help some of the poorest and out-of-school children in the Shariatput District of Bangladesh to access & remain in education.

Finally, Project Hope UK, based in Middlesex, will use £494,729 in the Tsunami-affected district of Nagan Raya, Aceh Province, Indonesia, to improve access to quality maternal & child health services and promoting healthy behaviours at the community level.
Press release ~ Big Lottery Fund’s International Communities ~ CODA International Training ~ Concern Worldwide (UK) ~ Project Hope UK
ESRC: The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Office of the Third Sector (OTS) in the Cabinet Office, The Carnegie UK Trust and the Scottish Government have announced the successful bids to establish the UK’s first independent, multidisciplinary and academically based Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy.

The Centre, which sees a total joint investment of £2.2m over 5 years, will support high quality independent research aimed at influencing policy & practice decisions in the UK as well as developing the necessary evidence base to better understand charitable giving and philanthropy issues.
It also aims to help third sector organisations, government and business to better understand why and how individuals and businesses can give, helping to increase and target giving to support the public good.
Press release ~ ESRC Society Today ~ The Centre for Charity Effectiveness ~ Office of the Third Sector (OTS) ~ The Carnegie UK Trust ~ ScotGov – Voluntary Issues ~ Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde University ~ NCVO - The National Council for Voluntary Organisations
CC: The independent charity regulator, the Charity Commission, has launched a dedicated unit – the Faith and Social Cohesion Unit - to provide support & expert advice to faith-based charities.  The unit aims to:
* strengthen the governance of faith-based charities
* identify & support organisations that could be but are not currently registered as charities and
* improve the regulator's and society's, understanding of faith-based charities and the contribution they make
Press release ~ Faith and Social Cohesion Unit
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