Julia and Hans Rausing give £18 million to over 300 Charities via their Charity Survival Fund

Julia and Hans Rausing recently announced support to over 300 UK charities who will receive funding totalling £18 million as part of their Charity Survival Fund, launched in July 2020. The fund, which was increased in size from £10 million due to the quality and quantity of the applications, will support small and medium size charities in the UK by providing core funding to help these organisations overcome lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In total 329, charities will receive funding from the Charity Survival Fund, in all four nations of the UK, and of all different sizes. 15 charities whose regular annual income is less than £20,000 will receive funding, alongside over 170 charities who usually generate upwards of £500,000 per annum.

The successful charities work within The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust’s main areas of interest: Health and Wellbeing, Welfare and Education and Arts and Culture. Over £11 million will go to charities supporting people’s health and wellbeing, many of whom have seen increased demand for their services during the coronavirus pandemic but are suffering falling incomes.

Julia and Hans Rausing commented: “We were overwhelmed by both the quality and quantity of applications we received for the Charity Survival Fund. It highlighted to us the perilous state that so many amazing charities have found themselves in due to the loss of day to day income caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is because of this need that we increased the funding available through the Charity Survival Fund to £18 million, and we are pleased that this funding will enable so many extraordinary charities to continue their excellent work and support their local communities at this difficult time. We would like to thank every organisation that applied, and we hope the Charity Survival Fund will encourage others to support charities in need.”

This was the first time The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust accepted funding applications from charities. The donations will support charities’ core costs so that they can continue delivering existing programmes and work.

Some of the charities that have been supported include:

Kinship Care: Based in Northern Ireland, the charity supports kinship carers and their children, notably grandparents and siblings raising their grandchildren and younger brothers and sisters respectively.

The Candlelighters Trust: Candlelighters supports children facing cancer across Yorkshire, from the point of diagnosis to those families who are sadly bereaved.

Fresh Start Portslade: This small charity in Brighton has converted a disused park toilet block into a café, running youth work training and other projects for people in the local community.

Jacqueline Williamson, Chief Executive at Kinship Care, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a grant from the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust. The past few months have been tough going and this grant means the world to us.

“We will be able now to continue supporting kinship carers and their youngsters in Northern Ireland and plan ahead knowing that our Kinship Care Centres are safe and our most basic costs have been taken care of.”

John Shepherd, Project Worker at Fresh Start Portslade, commented:” After six years in the heart of Portslade, we had established some excellent free community projects. These had been funded – in part – by operating surpluses from our community cafe; which was wiped out overnight in March of this year.

“The funding from Julia and Hans Rausing will fill this void, allowing us to continue our work, help our local community, and plan with confidence to continue next year and beyond as a viable charity.”

Emily Wragg, Chief Executive of Candlelighters, commented: “Like many charities, we have seen a huge gap in funding due to the devastating impact of COVID-19 with mass participation event cancellations and a severe drop in community and corporate fundraising. This incredible gift from the Julia & Hans Rausing Trust will help keep our candle burning so we can continue to bring light to families in the darkest of times.”

The £18 million Charity Survival Fund awards now brings Julia and Hans Rausing’s total Covid-19 support to over £35 million, which includes their initial response earlier in the year where they gave £16.5 million to charities and organisations that were working on the frontlines to ease the situation within their local communities.

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