Government funding is the second largest income source for the voluntary sector, behind the public. There was a slight fall of £684 million (4%) in the amount of government - both local and central - funding for the sector in the year to 2019/20. Larger organisations receive much more income from government than smaller ones. The social services sector in particular receives a large proportion of funding from government, both in absolute terms (£5bn) and as a proportion of income (38%)
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Government grant funding can be administered and distributed through a central government department or devolved to a Local Authority, and in some cases Local Authorities will make their own funds available to address local issues. A number of Local Authorities also operate a local lottery which distributes funding to local good causes. In the Dorset area, BH Coastal Lottery gives small grants to community projects that provide services within Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
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