Hardship Fund opens for applications

Grants available for charities working in health, social care, housing, education and advice

The £16.7m Hardship Fund for charities, announced in the Budget in April, has opened for applications.

The fund offers grants of between £50,000 and £250,000 for third sector organisations in England that work with vulnerable and disadvantaged people but are in financial difficulty.

To apply, organisations must have annual turnovers of at least £200,000 and deliver services in health and social care, housing support, education and training, or information, advice and guidance.

The Hardship Fund will be administered by the Community Development Foundation, a non-departmental public body with charitable status.

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 their incomes may be falling.

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

More information about how to apply can be found on the Hardship Fund application page.

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