The Office of the Third Sector (OTS) provides significant funding to third sector organisations including charities as part of a three-year £515 million programme. While this money is not ring-fenced specifically for social inclusion or combating socio-economic disadvantage, it does recognise the sector's role in strengthening communities and empowering citizens, including those vulnerable to social exclusion.
In 2009-10 the Office responded to assist the work of charities and other third sector organisations through the recession, through a comprehensive package of support including:
The £15.5 million targeted Support Fund grants to help third sector organisations tackle the impact of the recession in our communities.
The £16.5 million Modernisation Fund to help charities and social enterprises maximise their effectiveness during the downturn.
The £17.5 million Hardship Fund to enable third sector organisations in England facing immediate financial hardship due to the recession to deliver their front-line services.
The budget for the Office of the Third Sector is published in the Main Estimates and updated in the Winter and Spring Supplementary Estimates each year. Expenditure data across OTS programmes in 2009-10 will be available in the Cabinet Office Annual Report and Accounts expected to be published before summer recess.