NRU Set to Merge £92m Community Grant Streams

A single community grants programme looks set to be phased in from next year after the government admitted its empowerment funding needed clearer focus to achieve results. The merger between the £36m community empowerment fund to help voluntary and community groups get involved in local strategic partnerships, the £50m community chest, which offers small grants for local self-help projects, and the £6m community learning chest, to support learning and skills for community groups, will begin in April 2004. The process will be complete by April 2006.
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