In 1996, the Baring Foundation launched the Strengthening the Voluntary Sector grants programme. This programme funds organisational development work aimed at supporting organisations to be efficient and effective. The programme has supported over 900 organisations, giving a total of £17 million.
Since 2015 the STVS programme has supported effective use of the law and human rights based approaches by the voluntary sector.
This programme seeks to embed the law and human rights based approaches as tools of social change in the broader voluntary sector. Project-based funding can be offered to:
- train and support frontline organisations in using the law and human rights based approaches
- encourage the use of these tools in organisations with no history of taking legal action or advocating for rights
create the link between frontline activity and policy change using these approaches