Leeds: £300,000 funding boost for voluntary sector support

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council bosses are getting ready to sign off a funding boost of almost £300,000 to help support charities and grass roots groups in Leeds.

The payment of £297,644 to Voluntary Action Leeds will help provide “crucial support to frontline organisations delivering services in some of the city’s most disadvantaged communities”, according to an internal Leeds City Council report.

Voluntary Action Leeds provides support and development help to the Third Sector in Leeds, which includes capacity building, business support, group development, and training. It also helps charities to “have an important voice into, and influence over, the strategic direction of the city”, the report adds.

The money, being provided through the Infrastructure Support Fund, will include targeted work to help some of the smallest organisations, those in disadvantaged wards and excluded groups. It includes the development of a citywide volunteering service.

The funding is expected to be signed off next week.

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