April 2017

Due to the current political uncertainty and the resulting impact on Government Finances, the Fund is not in a position to issue application forms for organisational grants at this point in time.  In common with many other public sector bodies we anticipate a reduction in our budget for 2017/18, but we can only plan on certain scenarios at this stage.  What is clear, is that at this stage we anticipate a reduction in the Fund’s budget in the next financial year.

The Board’s commitment to maintain our support for individual clients as much as possible and this is central to our budget planning.  This may mean that the impact of reductions will fall more on our organisational grants.  In other years we have taken applications from the beginning of April but believe it would be inappropriate to take applications while there is uncertainty on our budget.

We would hope that we would be able to move forward on this in the near future.