NAO report criticises Cabinet Office for ‘weak oversight’ of £50m fund

The Cabinet Office has been criticised by the National Audit Office for weak design and poor oversight of a grants programme, after £750,000 was wrongly awarded.

The NAO also criticised gaps in the administration and record-keeping at Community Development Foundation, which administered the Grassroots Grants programme.

The criticisms were outlined in a document published earlier this week – Investigation into the matching of funds from the Grassroots Grants Programme with donations from the W O Street Charitable Foundation.

The Endowment Match Challenge Fund – a £50m fund which was part of the Grassroots Grants programme – offered match funding to individuals and organisations which were not giving grants effectively, to encourage them to distribute their funding through community foundations instead.

Donations from charitable trusts and foundations that were considered “ineffective” were eligible but not those from “active and effective” trusts.

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