18 February 2020
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Matched Giving and Grants

We encourage our people to play an active role in their communities through fundraising and volunteering.

Payroll Giving

About two thirds of us give to charitable causes on a regular basis. However, we don't always do this in the most tax effective way. Payroll giving is a simple, tax effective way to give to causes you care about through your pay. During 2018-2019, over 32,000 of our people gave £2.4 million for 831 national and local charities through Payroll Giving. These included:

  • County Air Ambulance
  • Action for Children
  • Barnardo’s
  • Cancer research UK
  • Hospice UK

Find out more about payroll giving

Charity Partner Matched Giving

Every member of staff employed by Royal Mail Group can apply for penny-for-penny matched giving, up to a limit of £2,500 per person every year, under the Charity Partner matched giving scheme. During 2018-19 we raised £861,198 through colleague fundraising, payroll giving and matched giving, with a total of over £1 million to date for Action for Children. 

Find out more about Charity Partner matched giving scheme

You must make your donations to charity through Charities Trust in order to obtain matched giving. If you are raising funds online please use Sponsor Me. Unfortunately, Royal Mail cannot match fund money raised on other online fundraising sites, such as JustGiving.

Community Support Scheme

1) Matched Giving

Every member of staff employed by Royal Mail can apply once a year for up to £200 in matched giving from Royal Mail for money raised for any registered UK charity or registered good cause under the Community Support Scheme.

Find out more about matched giving under our Community Support Scheme

2) Fundraising Grants

Every Royal Mail Group employee can apply for a grant of up to £200 once every funding year to help cover the costs of organising a fundraising event.

Find out more about our fundraising grants

3) Volunteering Grants

Every Royal Mail Group employee can apply for a grant of up to £400 once every funding year to help cover the costs of organising a volunteering activity. In 2017-18, we distributed 67 grants totalling nearly £18,000.

Find out more about our volunteering grants

In 2018-19 Royal Mail supported approximately 404 charities through matched giving and fundraising grants. We also supported our people’s fundraising efforts by distributing 179 grants.

Matched Giving for Pensioners

Royal Mail retired pensioners can claim up to £50 per person each year in matched giving, up to a total limit of £100,000 each year, for funds raised for any UK registered charity or registered good cause.

Find out more about matched giving for pensioners

You must make your donations to charity through Charities Trust in order to obtain matched giving.