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HMRC launches three-year Grant in Aid funding programme

HMRC launches three-year Grant in Aid funding programme

The Voluntary and Community Sector Team at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, (HMRC) has launched its 2007/8 Grant in Aid funding programme which will offer £2 million in grants to voluntary and community sector organisations that contribute to the key aims, outcomes and priorities of HMRC.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they are helping meet these aims with work such as reducing the barriers faced by hard to reach and vulnerable customers getting the right entitlements, increasing the take up of Tax Credits and other HMRC products, and helping HMRC to gain a better understanding of those customers who use the voluntary and community sectors.

Key customer groups that the HMRC would like to see benefit from such projects include pre-pensioners, pensioners, low income and one parent families, disabled people, migrant workers, and people from black and ethnic minorities.

The initial bidding process will run for six weeks and closes on 30 March 2007.

The grants in aid programme has £2 million per annum available for the next three financial years.

HMRC expect to make between 35 and 45 awards 2007/2008. The majority of those awards will be for one year funding ending 31 March 2008 and others will be multi-year funded up to a maximum of three years.

The 2008/2009 round for funding is expected to start in September 2007 which will provide a longer period for discussions, bidding and assessment.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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