The Parenting Fund was launched yesterday: worth at least £15 million over two years, it will be distributed entirely through the voluntary sector.
The Minister for Children, the Rt Hon Margaret Hodge, launched the new Fund at a conference about support for parents.
The Fund incorporates a major grants programme of about £9.5 million; and a local grants programme of about £6 million, both to include strategic and special priority grants.
The major grants, up to a maximum of £350,000, are aimed at supporting larger organisations, and at funding support for families with issues that are currently less well-served. The local grants, up to a maximum of £100,000, are restricted to 18 geographical areas.
The Fund is being administered by the National Family and Parenting Institute which was selected as preferred bidder for Fundholder by the DfES earlier in 2004.
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