York small charities fund open for applications

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21 Aug 2020 @ 11.11 am
| Charity

Applications to the York Small Charities Fund are now open.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to local small charities and charitable organisations who have a positive impact in York but who are at risk from closure due to the financial challenges of the pandemic.

The local fund was set up with money raised from the ‘Keep the lights on’ public fundraising appeal and with matched funding from Two Ridings Community Foundation – a local hub for donors to channel funds directly to grassroots charities.

Funding will be available for core running costs, including salaries, volunteer recruitment and overhead costs, for example: utility bills and rent (this list is not exhaustive), and will support small charitable organisations who are facing closure within the next 12 months due to loss of income as a result of the pandemic.

How to apply

More information about the York Small Charities Fund and how to apply is available on the Two Ridings Community Foundation website


Chief executive of York CVS Alison Semmence said: “It really is thanks to the generosity of York residents that we will be able to provide vital funding to enable small charities and charitable organisations to continue to support the most vulnerable people in our city.

“Thank you for all of your support and if you are a charitable organisations that is struggling, please get in touch with us here at York CVS to see how we can support you going forward.

You can email York CVS on [email protected] or visit the website.

Support the campaign

The ‘Keep the lights on’ Fundraising Campaign continues to raise funds for the York Small Charities Fund; as the more money raised, the more small charities and charitable organisations the Fund will be able to support.

You can continue to donate to the York Small Charities Fund in the following ways:

Text LIGHTSON 5 to 70450 TO DONATE £5

Text LIGHTSON 10 to 70450 TO DONATE £10

*Texts cost £5/£10 plus one standard rate message

Donate online at: yorksmallcharitiesfund.co.uk