Fully Funded Scheme for Cyber Essentials Certification for charities

6 Dec 2022 Sandra Bailie    Last updated: 20 Dec 2022

The National Cyber Security Centre is offering a fully funded scheme to help organisations in the Voluntary and Community Sector get Cyber Essentials Plus certification. This is delivered in NI by Vertical Structure.

Cyber Essentials is an effective, Government backed scheme that will help you to protect your organisation, whatever its size, against a whole range of the most common cyber attacks.

The scheme, made available by IASME and the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre), is delivered by Vertical Structure and is aimed at helping charitable organisations improve their cyber resilience.

If you're a charitable organisation with fewer than 50 employees, you could be eligible for a fully funded new scheme from the National Cyber Security Centre(NCSC) to help certify your organisation to this Cyber Essentials Plus standard.


  • Process personal data
  • Have less than 50 staff
  • Be prepared to work with Vertical Structure and make recommended changes
  • Complete work by 31 March 2023
  • Have registered charity number

What organisations get

  • 3 days of consultancy
  • Cyber Essentials Plus Certification

In this Blog Sara Ward from Black County Women's Aid discusses her charity's experience getting Cyber Essentials Plus certification.

Information Webinar

There was an informational webinar on 15 December to discuss the benefits of Cyber Essentials and the cost saving to your charity. You can watch the webinar recording below:

Sign up today

If you want to sign up for this free scheme to work with Vertical Structure to get Cyber Essential Plus you can contact them HERE

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by Sandra Bailie

Head of Organisational Development

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