INCREASED GRANT GIVING BY CSIS CHARITY FUND IN 2017
Charities supporting people from the civil and public services facing hardship are to receive more than £900k this year from the CSIS Charity Fund, in one of its biggest distribution of funds in its history. Projects range from physical rehabilitation programmes and stress counselling to activity breaks for bereaved families and expanding home visiting services to combat loneliness.
Nearly £400k will be awarded to benevolent charities which give direct support to current and former civil and public servants and their families such as the Charity for Civil Servants (£250k) and BT Benevolent Fund (£60k), while £293k will go to smaller charities which often struggle to get funding from other sources, and to trade union welfare funds. These include Education Support Partnership (£60k), Railway Benefit Fund (£40k) and Cavell Nurses Trust (£30k), which help retired or current workers and their families who are in need and distress.
The CSIS Charity Fund is an independent charity linked to the Civil Service Insurance Society (CSIS), a not for profit insurance intermediary which markets products exclusively to current and former civil and public servants. Virtually all CSIS's annual trading surplus is transferred to the Fund under a Deed of Covenant, allowing grants to be made to the dependants of policy holders and, via appropriate charitable organisations, to those from the public services who face hardship.
The Fund is keen to foster joint working among the charities it supports and also to spread its reach and more than £16k has been allocated to pump prime collaborative projects between charities in the Fund's portfolio. An additional £100k has been earmarked to donate to charities that are new to the Fund and following research, a number of charities will be invited to apply for grants this year in an effort to support those in the sectors of nursing, transport and social care. Smaller charities feature in the Fund's grant making, such as Music in Hospitals which will receive £5k towards the cost of providing live music concerts for the benefit of patients and staff in ex-service care homes. Splitz, which assists military families and others at risk of exposure to domestic violence in three West Country counties, will receive £10k.
Commenting on the grants awarded, Chairman, Gill Noble, said: "The Charity Fund's origins began more than a century ago and it has remained true to its longstanding objectives of helping people in the civil and public services facing the uncertainties of hardship, illness and loss of income. The present Charity Fund has much to be proud of since its current governance arrangements were established in 2007. In that time, thanks to the generous donations received from the insurance business, we have been able to donate more than £7.4 million to good causes.
"It is heartening to see the benefits of drawing our charities together to combine resources and encourage partnership working. Our recent seminar on 'Caring' ensured valuable experience was shared among our family of charities and, as a result, tangible progress has been made towards supporting individuals and their families."
|Summary of 2017 awards||£|
|Dependants of CSIS policy holders||21,057||BT Benevolent Fund||60,000|
|Charity for Civil Servants||250,000|
|Post Office and Orphans Benevolent Institution||30,000|
|Rowland Hill Fund||50,000|
|Cavell Nurses Trust||30,000|
|Civil Service Sports Council||5,000|
|Education Support Partnership||60,000|
|MOD - Family Activity Breaks||30,000|
|HASSRA Development Scheme||5,000|
|NAPO - Edridge Fund (Probation and Family Court staff)||10,000|
|National Federation of Occupational Pensioners||8,000|
|NHS Retirement Fellowship||27,000|
|NI Retired Prison Officers Fellowship||25,000|
|Overseas Service Pensioners' Benevolent Society||3,000|
|Prison Officers Association||20,000|
|Railway Benefit Fund||40,000|
|The Ambulance Charity - TASC||30,000|
|The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children's Fund||10,000|
|Canterbury Oast Trust||20,000|
|Tax Help - TOP||10,000|
|Chilterns MS Centres||10,000|
|Music in Hospitals||5,000|
|Pump priming, collaborative projects between existing charities||16,500|
|'New to Us' charities:||100,000|