Charity Survival Fund – applications open until 27 July

Article date
8 July 2020
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

The one-off £10 million Charity Survival Fund has been set up by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust in response to their ongoing concern about the economic impact of Covid-19 on the nation’s charities. The grant funding aims to help small and medium-sized UK registered charities who are struggling with a loss of income in the current financial year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The fund is open to UK registered charities that:
  • Have a beneficial area within the UK.
  • Actively operate across one of the three areas prioritised by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust: Health and Wellbeing, Welfare and Education, Arts and Culture.
  • Have annual income below £5m.
  • Have lost (or are forecast to lose) income due to Covid-19.
  • Have not already received Covid-19 related funding from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust.
Priority will be given to charities that deliver frontline services and activities in any of the following areas:
  • Health and Wellbeing – This includes charities working within the areas of disease and patient care; mental health and addiction recovery; disability, aged and palliative care.
  • Welfare and Education – This includes charities addressing poverty and disadvantage, especially in relation to young people; and also those working in areas such as food insecurity and criminal justice reform and rehabilitation.
  • Arts and Culture – This includes charities working in the performing arts; independent (i.e. not local authority controlled) museums and galleries; heritage sites and historic buildings.
What can you use the funding for?

The funding is intended to support core costs of the charity in its usual work (though this may include revised ways of working due to Covid-19 and learning during lockdown), i.e. it should not be for expansionary work or new projects. This may include salary costs of core staff being brought back from furlough (not project-related posts).

How much can you apply for?

Grants of between £1,000 and £250,000 are available. It is expected that around 200 charities across the country will be funded. The level of funding depends on the charity’s annual income:

  • Grants of up to £5,000 – annual income up to £20,000
  • Grants of up to £10,000 – annual income £20,001 and £100,000
  • Grants of up to £50,000 – annual income £100,001 and £250,000
  • Grants of up to £100,000 – annual income £250,001 and £500,000
  • Grants of up to £250,000 – annual income £500,001 and £ 5 million.

The funding must be used by the end of April 2021.

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