York Small Charities Fund

In partnership with York CVS and the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, we are urgently seeking donations to the York Small Charities Fund. Donations to the Fund will go directly to local small charities and charitable organisations to ensure they can continue to support York’s most vulnerable residents.

The results of a recent ‘Voluntary and Community Sector Resilience Survey’, conducted by York CVS, found that:

  • 40% of York charities said their future is uncertain beyond October 2020;
  • 72% of charities have had to close or put part of their services on hold;
  • 67% (two in three organisations who responded) expect to lose £10,000 or more due to the pandemic.

The York Small Charities Fund has been established to support those small charities and charitable organisations who do not have the capacity or means to run individual fundraising campaigns but are in desperate need of support to ensure they can continue to deliver their services.

Organisations within an income of less than £150,000 will be awarded up to £5,000 to help them ‘keep the lights on’.

The High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, David Kerfoot MBE DL, said:

“The more money we can raise, the more small charities and charitable organisations we’ll be able to support. When it comes to small charities, a little can go a long way and it’s essential that we do not lose any of these valuable services.

“Many of the lesser known charities support those who have been worst affected by the pandemic, so the knock-on effect due to the lack of funding is devastating to them. We must all take some degree of responsibility – no matter how small – and act now.”