The government has allocated £24m to third sector health and social care projects as it kicks off its three-year transformation of care services in England this month.
The voluntary organisation grants, known as section 64 awards, add to a £520m social care reform grant, which was launched last December with the concordat Putting People First to support the transformation of social care.
Section 64 grants
Speaking today, care services minister Ivan Lewis said the £17m section 64 awards would fund 150 new grants and 220 continuing grants across voluntary and community care organisations.
Added to the section 64 awards, the Department of Health has awarded £7m to local volunteering health and social care projects under its Opportunities for Volunteering scheme.
Lewis said: “The voluntary sector has a vital role to play in delivering innovative, patient focused health and social care services.
“The transformation will mean that as social care will touch the lives of an increasing number of families local authorities, the NHS and the third sector will work together to give people more control over services and enhance their quality of life.”