Hardship Fund helps recession-hit charities

| July 27, 2009 | 0 Comments
Hardship Fund helps recession-hit charities

The government has launched a new fund to help struggling voluntary organisations through the recession.

Any UK charity that offers services to vulnerable and disadvantaged people can now apply for a grant of up to £250,000 from the £16.7 million Hardship Fund.

Organisations applying for a grant must be suffering financial difficulties that impact their ability to provide housing support, health care, social care, education, or training services.

To be eligible for the fund, charities must have a turnover of at least £200,000 per year.

Angela Smith, third sector minister, said: “This grant programme is responding quickly to the challenges faced by the third sector during these difficult times when demand for their services is increasing, but when their incomes may be falling.

“It will bring targeted help to both the third sector and to the vulnerable and disadvantaged people they support.”

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