£750 million coronavirus funding for frontline charities announced
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that Charities across the country will receive a support package worth £750million ensuring that the vital support the sector provides is supported through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The £750 million will be awarded to frontline charities across the UK – these include hospices and those supporting domestic abuse victims. Thousands of charities providing vital services will benefit from cash grants ensuring they can meet increased demand for support as a result of CIVID-19.
This will be funded by £360m from Government departments directly to those providing key services and charities supporting vulnerable individuals. These will include:
- Up to £200m to Hospices to increase capacity and give stability to the sector
- A grant St Johns Ambulance to support the work of the NHS.
- Support for victims charities, including domestic abuse, to help with potential increase in demand due to the lock down.
- Financial support for vulnerable children charities so they can continue to deliver services on behalf of local authorities.
- Grants to Citizens Advice to increase the number of staff providing advice during this difficult time.
A further £370m will be awarded by the National Lottery Community Fund. This will support small and medium charities who operate at the heart of local communities, including those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice to those in need. The National Lottery Community Fund working with Government and other stakeholders to ensure these new funds have the biggest possible impact in communities across the country. As yet there are no details of how this funding will be made available.
In addition the Government will match donations to the National Emergencies Trust as part of the BBC’s “Big Night In” hosted jointly by Comic relief and Children in Need on 23 April and have pledged a minimum match of £20 million.
These measures build on previous announcements which offered support charities and businesses, rates support for retail units, retail grants payments, deferral of VAT payments and access to the Job Retention scheme which would pay up to 80% of furloughed staff salaries.