Charity and Voluntary Sector

DH: Care Services Minister, Ivan Lewis, has announced new funding arrangements for Third Sector organisations in health & social care that he claims will make funding more transparent & effective. The new system, known as the Third Sector Investment Programme, replaces the 'Section 64 General Scheme of Grants'.  
There will be two new funding schemes for 2009/10, which are now open for applications (closing date for stage one applications is 8 September 2008):
* The Strategic Partner Programme
* The Innovation, Excellence and Service Development fund
Press release ~ Third Sector Investment Programme
BIG: Four popular parks in England are set for a major transformation after sharing in grants totalling £8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund’s (BIG) ‘Parks for People’ initiative.  Brockwell Park in London, Whitstable Castle Park in Kent, Castle Park, Frodsham, and Hale Park, both in Cheshire, will spend the Lottery millions on regenerating & revitalising these much-loved green spaces.
Wesley Kerr, horticultural broadcaster and Chair of HLF's Committee for London:
"The UK has perhaps the finest legacy of public parks and landscapes of any country in the world.  This 'green and pleasant' inheritance needs constant maintenance, preservation and enhancement.  HLF's £400m investment in our historic environment of parks and landscapes over the past 14 years has been the biggest since Victorian times”.
Launched by HLF and BIG to celebrate what we all love most about the UK’s public parks, the ‘Postcards from the Park’ photography competition runs until 1 August 2008, with £1,000 in Jessops vouchers up for grabs for the overall winner.
Press release ~ Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) ~ Big Lottery Fund’s (BIG) ‘Parks for People’ initiative ~ Postcards from the Park’ photography competition
Serco gifts £400,000 for care worker apprenticeships