Guidance

Get help for your inactive or ineffective charity

Get help from the ‘Revitalising Trusts’ programme to either close or revitalise your charity.

Which charities can get support

The ‘Revitalising Trusts’ programme helps charities who find it hard to spend their income on the public benefit. Charity trustees can get help from the programme, and should discuss their charity’s future if it is hard for the charity to:

  • get new trustees
  • spend your income
  • identify beneficiaries
  • find time to run the charity

To make sure your charity’s funds are spent on public benefit, your charity could:

Get help from the Revitalising Trusts programme

Trustees can get help from the Revitalising Trusts programme if they’re not sure what to do. You can get in touch with either UK Community Foundations (UKCF) or the Charity Commission.

For information on how to transfer your charity’s funds to UKCF read about why you should transfer a trust to a community foundation. To talk to someone about your charity’s options, email Toni Shaw, UKCF Transfer Associate, at trusttransfers@ukcommunityfoundations.org.

Or email the Charity Commission at CSrevitalisingtrusts@charitycommission.gov.uk for information on how to:

  • transfer your charity’s assets
  • change your purposes to revitalise your charity

You can also get your own legal advice.

About the Revitalising Trusts Programme

The Charity Commission for England and Wales is working in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and UK Community Foundations.

If your charity received an email from the Revitalising Trusts programme

Your charity may get an email from the programme if it has:

  • not spent any money in the past 5 years
  • spent less than 30% of its income in the past 5 years

If you’ve received an email, please get in touch with either:

Published 17 July 2019