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Charities

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2009, Official Report, column 1312W, on charities, what criteria the Government Equalities Office used in determining applications for funding from the charities referred to; and if she will make a statement. (251980)

For the special fund for rape crisis centres, the following criteria were used:

Applicants had to be a member of Rape Crisis England and Wales, ensuring that the fund was targeted at those organisations where there was evidence of need for support;

Applicants had to have a demonstrable charitable purpose;

Applications for funding could only be sought for the continuation of support services to victims of sexual violence.

For the three other charities listed in 20 January 2009, Official Report, column 1312W, the main criteria were:

Applicants had to have a demonstrable charitable purpose;

The projects for which funding was sought had to contribute to the Government Equalities Office's departmental strategic objective to address the disadvantage that individuals experience because of their gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

As set out in my answer to 251979, decisions on any future funding to these or other charities will be announced in the usual way.