DSD funding for volunteering

The DSD announced £2.93 million of funding today through the Community Volunteering scheme. £2.2m. has been allocated through a Main Grant scheme, and an additional £700,000 is available through the small grants scheme. I see some of the ‘big hitters’ in the Voluntary Sector got handsome grants from the DSD through this scheme. Age Concern received £154,000 and Citizens Advice £156,000. Without sitting down and doing a forensic review of the succesful bodies, it appears fair and balanced . I note with great interest that the Rape Crisis Centre was not one of the bodies who received funding, and no sure way of knowing if they applied.