£750 million package of support for charities
Coronavirus funding for charities announced
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced on 8 April that tens of thousands of charities across the UK would receive funds from a £750 million package of support to enable them to continue their vital work during the Coronavirus outbreak.
The Coronavirus funding for charities will be provided as follows:
- £360 million directly allocated by government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people. These will include hospices, St John Ambulance, victims charities, vulnerable children charities and Citizens Advice.
- £370 million for small and medium sized charities, including through the National Lottery Community Fund, to support those local community organisations carrying out activities such as delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice.
- The Government will match fund every £1 donated by the public to the BBC’s Big Night In charity appeal on 23 April, with at least £20 million being donated to the National Emergencies Trust.
Government departments will now be working to identify priority recipients and the aim is for payments to be made in the coming weeks. The application system for funding from the National Lottery Community Fund is expected to be up and running in a similar timeframe.
This announcement builds on previously introduced measures for businesses which are also available to charities where applicable, including furloughing staff, VAT payment deferrals and business rates relief. Further details of these are provided in the Roffe Swayne Coronavirus Hub.
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