The Association of Chairs has received a three-year grant through the Big Lottery Fund which the organisation says is a big step in scaling up its development.
The grant of £463,000 will help fund a programme in which the association will consult chairs and vice chairs of small charities about the support they need, and run a series of workshops throughout England.
The association will offer webinars and online surgeries and an online discussion forum, and develop resources specifically for chairs and vice chairs of small charities.
In a statement, the association said the funding, alongside a grant from Garfield Weston Foundation focused on medium size charities, will help it reach 6,000 chairs and vice chairs.
The association's chair Ruth Lesirge said the grant will help build a community of chairs who will in turn support the communities they work with.
“What better way for us to say thank you to those who play the National Lottery - than supporting the many different communities they are involved in,” Lesirge said. “These two grants, together with our existing activities and plans we have in the pipeline, mean we can offer events and resources of relevance to all chairs regardless of the size of their organisation.”