Cultural Playing Field

Voluntary cultural sector alliance by Robin Simpson
December 17, 2008, 11:21 am
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I was back in London on Tuesday for a regular meeting of my voluntary cultural sector alliance – with CCPR and Heritage Link. We were joined by Louisa Darian from NCVO and, as usual, covered a wide and varied range of topics. We are all concerned about the potential detrimental effect on small, local, cultural groups of the ending of the Awards for All lottery grant scheme. We discussed the possible effects of the recession on our sectors – both in relation to the local groups we support and their national membership organisations. Heritage Link is naturally pre-occupied with the dropping of the Heritage Protection Bill from the Queen’s Speech: having spent eight years working on this, there is now little prospect of the proposed legislation being implemented. We also talked about NCVO’s Funding Commission, which is to be launched in January, and the importance of ensuring it considers funding for cultural voluntary and community sector organisations.

Robin Simpson. 

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