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The DPO Centre’s Charity and Community Fund launches to ease data protection burden

To mark its five year anniversary, The DPO Centre has launched a Charity and Community Fund, providing charities and not-for-profits (NFPs) with access to industry leading data protection consultancy services at a rate reduced by 80 per cent.

The £100,000 Charity and Community Fund invites eligible charities and NFPs to apply for up to £10,000 in funding each towards The DPO Centre’s consultancy services.

Successful applicants will get support from subject matter experts, with the aim of decreasing the opportunity for compliance failure, fewer data breaches and a reduction in their reputational and regulatory risk. The specific services offered include:

  • Compliance reviews and gap analysis

  • Policy drafting and reviews

  • Conducting Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs)

  • Creating and reviewing data sharing and data processing agreements

  • Data protection training for staff, volunteers and stakeholders

The DPO Centre has a large team of data protection professionals, providing advice, training and data protection services. Their experience, built up over the last five years and beyond, includes working with hundreds of charitable and commercial organisations globally.

Rob Masson, CEO, The DPO Centre said of the launch: “In our years of working with charities and not-for-profits we have come to appreciate the balance they must draw between the cost of accessing high-quality professional advice and the need to focus their precious financial resources on their cause.

We are proud to launch our Charity and Community Fund to help them address this balance, to provide them with access to the highest level of support for their data protection compliance and in turn, enable them to build greater trust, loyalty and engagement with their service users, partners and stakeholders.”

To apply for funding from the Charity and Community Fund, organisations need to visit and submit their application by the 18 November 2022. All applications will be carefully considered by The DPO Centre’s dedicated funding panel and applicants will be notified of the outcome.

To be eligible, organisations must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be based in the United Kingdom

  • Have a management committee of at least three unrelated people in place

  • Have a bank account in the charity/NFP name

  • Be willing to carry out a case study once the project has been completed

Multiple applications can be made over time by a charity, but only one application in each 12-month period will be considered.

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