English element of Government's Hardship Fund opens for applications in July

Angela Smith announces start of process for accessing £16.7m fund, delivered by Community Development Foundation

The English strand of the £16.7m Hardship Fund will open for applications at the end of July, according to Angela Smith, minister for the third sector.

She said the Community Development Foundation, a non-departmental public body with charitable status, will be the delivery partner for the programme in England, which was announced by the Government in April's Budget and is aimed at helping third sector organisations through the recession.

The foundation will be responsible for assessing the circumstances of charities and providing grants to organisations in immediate financial hardship.

"The Hardship Fund was announced by the Chancellor in the Budget to support third sector organisations that are delivering front-line services to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society, and who have had their work affected by the recession," Smith said.

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