News and opinion Our News SiMS receives major funding boost from Julia and Hans Rausing Support in Mind Scotland would like to sincerely thank Julia and Hans Rausing for making a generous grant of £62,170 to the organisation as part of their Charity Survival Fund. We are one of 329 UK charities who will receive funding totalling £18 million as part of their fund, launched in July 2020. More than 2,600 charities applied to the fund for support, so we are delighted that we have been chosen. The Charity Survival Fund, which was increased in size from £10 million due to the quality and quantity of the applications, will support small and medium size charities in the UK by providing core funding to help these organisations overcome lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic. All of the successful charities work within The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust’s main areas of interest: Health and Wellbeing, Welfare and Education and Arts and Culture. Over £11 million will go to charities supporting people’s health and wellbeing, many of whom have seen increased demand for their services during the coronavirus pandemic but are suffering falling incomes. Julia and Hans Rausing commented: “We were overwhelmed by both the quality and quantity of applications we received for the Charity Survival Fund. It highlighted to us the perilous state that so many amazing charities have found themselves in due to the loss of day to day income caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “It is because of this need that we increased the funding available through the Charity Survival Fund to £18 million, and we are pleased that this funding will enable so many extraordinary charities to continue their excellent work and support their local communities at this difficult time. "We would like to thank every organisation that applied, and we hope the Charity Survival Fund will encourage others to support charities in need.” This was the first time The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust accepted funding applications from charities. The donations will support charities’ core costs so that they can continue delivering existing programmes and work. The £18 million Charity Survival Fund awards now brings Julia and Hans Rausing’s total Covid-19 support to over £35 million, which includes their initial response earlier in the year where they gave £16.5 million to charities and organisations that were working on the frontlines to ease the situation within their local communities. More information about the Charity Survival Fund can be found here.