The Charity Commission and Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport: Charities receive over £32 million from dormant trusts

On 3 July, a press release was circulated about a programme that takes funds lying dormant in the accounts of inactive or ineffective charities and puts them to good use.

The programme is managed by the Charity Commission and the charity UKCF, with funding from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Since its launch in 2018 the programme has ‘revitalised’ £32 million to help good causes – including charities that are responding to the coronavirus and supporting their communities.

The programme has now secured funding by DCMS until March 2021 and will reach out to around 500 more inactive trusts in the year ahead, to help communities in need. Funds are released from charities that are either inactive (meaning have had no income or expenditure over the last 5 years) or ineffective (spent less than 30% of total income over the last 5 years).

Charities falling within the programmes criteria and seeking support in helping to get their charity operating again can contact the Revitalising Trusts Programme for advice and support on at: CSrevitalisingtrusts@charitycommission.gov.uk.

The press release can be found here.