Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) has announced that due to the success of its Community Chest Programme it has extended it for a further year.
The Community Chest can provide grants of up to £1,000 and free training to groups with an annual income under £25,000. Groups can apply for funding for a wide range of activities or operational costs. However, the VAF is particularly keen to fund activities that will help build and develop strong organisations, for example; training for committee members and volunteers; visits to other organisations or conferences; professional support or consultancy.
VAF is also keen to fund groups who meet any of the following criteria; are based in West Dunbartonshire, South Lanarkshire or North Ayrshire; work with disability or health related issues; whose beneficiaries might be disadvantaged through their ethnicity, disability, gender or sexual orientation; and provide childcare.
The next deadline is the 15th January 2012.