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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
PCS 10,0 00
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
Hospice UK 50,000
Splitz 10,000
Music in Hospitals 5,000
Pump priming, collaborative projects between existing charities 16,500
'New to Us' charities: 100,000
Total £945,557

Address CSIS Charity Fund
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ME14 1DD

Telephone Number 01622 766963

Email Address info@csischarityfund.org

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Registered Charity No: 1121671