Funding news

HMRC give £6 million boost for charities over three years

Voluntary and community sector organisations will receive £6 million in funding for the next three years from HMRC to help people get the right benefits and tax.

Fifty-seven organisations have received awards for 2008/2009, 21 of which received a boost for multi-year funded projects.

Head of HMRCs Third Sector Team, Derek Tilstone said:

"This money will fund organisations that work with the vulnerable in society, helping them claim the right benefits, like tax credits that they are entitled to.

"These organisations provide a safety net for people who do not normally come to HMRC for help and advice. Their work is vital because it makes customers aware of our products, provides extra help with tax issues and brings customers back into direct contact with HMRC."

In 2008/9, HMRC extended its funding programme to include: third sector organisations, social enterprises, cooperatives and both large and small mutuals, in addition to voluntary and community organisations, and charities.

HMRC will be announcing its new funding round in October 2008. Further information will be posted on